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Topic: Value-Added Wood Products
lets Oregon's forest products workers bring it home...
As we mentioned in our discussion
of exports, Oregon is the only state in the nation to ship
over half of its production as unseasoned products. What
does that mean to us? Well, it means that Oregon's economy
gains the benefit of the raw product sales, but doesn't
see the benefit from local mills working raw wood into finished
products likes window frames, doors, and furniture.
The final steps associated with turning
raw timber or unfinished lumber into finished products increases
the value of the wood-- that's what we call" value-added".
Value-added wood products typically require more Oregon
wood products workers to produce them-- that means more
jobs. They usually require more than one mill to complete
the process-- that means more companies fueling Oregon's
wood products economy. And the added work to each piece
of wood means that the wood is worth more money once it
hits the stores-- that means more money stays in Oregon!
For these reasons value-added wood products
are an important link between the timber we wood products
workers harvest from the forest and the wood products we
consumers buy in stores.
||Want to see Value-added manufacturing in action? Come with us on a tour!