Small and medium sized businesses in the U.S. wood products industry

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 9:00am – 12:00pm


Speakers: Matt Bumgardner, USDA FS; Shawn Grushecky, WVU


Small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of the U.S. wood products industry and offer considerable business opportunities for the U.S. hardwood industry. To support the hardwood industry’s effort to better serve the small and medium sized wood industry clientele, this workshop presents results from a study on the industry in six states (VA, WV, OH, WI, TN, and NC) including the creation of a searchable address database.


Matt is a Forest Products Technologist with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, working from offices in Princeton, West Virginia and Delaware, Ohio since 1999. Prior to joining the Forest Service, he worked in the wood products industry in Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in forestry and forest products from Virginia Tech, specializing in forest products marketing and management. He received M.A./M.S. degrees in public administration/natural resources policy and a B.S. degree in forest resources management from the Ohio State University, where he also is adjunct faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. He conducts research and industry outreach addressing various aspects of hardwood utilization, markets, and competitiveness.


Shawn Grushecky is currently the Associate Director of the Appalachian Hardwood Center at West Virginia University. The Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) plays a significant role in fostering sustainable natural resource-based economic and community development by promoting and encouraging communication and partnerships among appropriate stakeholders, by conducting basic and applied research, and by providing unbiased and scientifically-based technical knowledge, information, and educational programs in wood and forest science. Shawn received a BS and MS from the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Wood Science and Technology program at WVU. Shawn maintains an active research program in the area of wood science and related energy development and has been the investigator or co-investigator on grants totaling approximately 4 million while with WVU. Currently, Shawn is working mainly in the areas of biomass energy development, utilization of Appalachian hardwoods, and development of natural resource enterprises.