Regional Economic Impact
In 2014 in the 32-county Appalachian Ohio region, the wood industry’s economic impact was $5.23 billion, employing 26,051 individuals with wages and benefits totaling $1.17 billion. Each wood industry job created an additional 1.2 jobs.
- Hardwoods make up 96 percent of Appalachian forests and are highly sought around the world.
- Nearly 85 percent of commercial logging and 60 percent of sawmill employees work in the region.
- The nation’s largest hardwood furniture manufacturing sector is in the region. It is primarily made up of Amish businesses in APEG’s eastern counties.
- Holmes, Ross, Vinton, Coshocton and Pike County’s wood industry clusters were the highest per capita contributors to Ohio’s economy in 2014.
Ohio wood industry economic impact information was developed for the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth by the Ohio University, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs with support from the U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Innovation Cluster initiative.