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West Virginia’s prime location, highly productive workforce and pro-business climate are just a few reasons successful companies continue to say #YesWV.

  • West Virginia is within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population and a third of the Canadian market.

  • West Virginia is a right to work state.

  • West Virginia’s workforce recorded the lowest manufacturing turnover rate in the country and is below the national average of turnover rates in all other workforce categories.

  • West Virginia’s cost of living is below the national average, boasting a high quality of life with top-ranked universities, fulfilling careers, award-winning health institutions and ample outdoor recreation activities.

DOWNLOAD INDUSTRY PACKET to learn why you should say #YesWV

This industry packet includes:

  • Industry Information
  • Business Assistance Information

Thriving Industry Spotlight:


Forest Products

The wood industry of West Virginia generates $3.2 billion annually for the state’s economy and provides more than 30,000 jobs within the state with 12 million acres of forestland and 75 billion board feet of timber inventory. West Virginia is the second-leading hardwood state in the U.S. and each of its 55 counties has some segment of the wood industry as an employer. Wood products manufacturing businesses include loggers, sawmills, dry kilns, rustic rail fence producers, veneer plants, furniture parts producers, kitchen cabinets and other wooden furniture.

Building Products

West Virginia’s building products industry boasts the highly skilled workforce, ample building materials and dedicated support services the construction industry needs to construct a solid foundation for success. With 11.9 million forested acres, West Virginia is the third most forested state in the nation. The ample wood products make West Virginia a leading producer of hardwoods. The state also has abundant resources such as coal and limestone for making cement. The many coal-fired power plants found in West Virginia create opportunities for companies manufacturing wallboard. West Virginia Wood Technology Center provides training programs in advanced wood manufacturing technologies, training a state ready to help build for the future.


Meet the Team


West Virginia Department of Economic Development

Matt Borror headshot

Matt Borror
Manager, Business Retention and Expansion

West Virginia University

Jonathan Norris 
Graduate student (MSc.) in Wood Science

Dr. Balazs Bencsik 
Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Levente Denes 
Associate Professor in  Sustainable Biomaterials


and learn about our business advantages


These Forest Product Companies already call #YesWV home – you can too!

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