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Wood and Wood Products

Approximately half of the Alleghany Highlands is forested land, so the region is a very natural choice for wood and wood products firms. Much of the forests are filled with valuable Appalachian hardwoods exported around the world for high quality flooring, furniture and other wood products. There’s also a skilled workforce, state-of-the-art training programs, a large existing cluster and available properties.

A large pool of skilled workers is available in the region, according to a recent, independent workforce availability report (by The Pathfinders), which estimated there are 8,700 underemployed workers who want to upgrade to a better job. And possess the skills, education and experience to do so.

  • Forty-three percent of the underemployed workforce has manufacturing experience, but just 19 percent is currently employed in manufacturing.
  • Average years of experience =12

Thirty-five percent of the underemployed have a high school diploma or GED; 21 percent have some college, but no degree; 10 percent have an associate’s degree; 11 percent have a bachelor’s degree, and 9 percent have a graduate degree

Who’s Here

  • Bennett Logging & Lumber, Inc.: Sawmill and logging
  • Blueridge Lumber Co.: Sawmill
  • Bolivia Lumber Co.: Wood container and pallet manufacturing
  • J.C. Bradley Lumber Co.: Sawmill
  • Byer Brothers Logging, Inc.: Logging
  • Deeds Brothers Logging: Logging
  • J & D Pallets, Inc.: Wood Container and pallet manufacturing
  • Jackson River Enterprises: Training organization for adults with disabilities which manufactures miscellaneous wood products
  • WestRock: Pulp mill that manufactures solutions and products for the food and beverage, media and entertainment, personal care, cosmetic and health care industries
  • S.J. Neathawk Lumber: Wood kitchen cabinet and countertop manufacturing
  • Town & Country, Inc.: Wood kitchen cabinet and countertop manufacturing
  • U.S. Forestry Department: Support activities for forestry

Educational Advantages

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College offers two programs that benefit it and its potential employees: Forest Management Technology Program and Wood Technology Career Studies Certificate. The school owns an LT300 industrial sawmill by AWMV, a division of Wood-Mizer, which gives students actual experience in milling wood.

The Forest Management program is a degree program that supports forestry and forest-related industries that are vital to the economy of the region and to Virginia, where 60 percent of the total land area is forested. Graduates of the program can go on to a four-year institution such as Virginia Tech or pursue a career in forestry, urban tree care or forest products. The program is recognized by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes SAF as the specialized accrediting body for forestry education in the United States.


The Wood Technology program is intended to provide a distinct segment of the forestry industry with skilled workers. This certificate will provide the student with skill sets requisite for employment in sawmilling and wood products, and makes use of the college’s sawmill.

Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation is one of the top programs in natural resource management in the United States. The department’s education and research focus on the latest applications to uncover the science needed to manage forests and other natural resources.

Other Advantages

Beyond more than 200 square miles of forested land, the Alleghany Highlands offers numerous strategic advantages to wood and wood products firms.

  • The region is strategically positioned midway along the eastern seaboard on Interstate-64 between Interstates-77 and -81, convenient to major U.S. markets. More than 40 percent of the U.S. population and in excess of 200,000 manufacturers are located within a 600 mile radius.
  • Area employers are able to draw on a civilian labor force of more than 72,000 (from two states) within a 45-minute commute. Included in that is the approximately 8,700 underemployed workers mentioned above.
  • The entire region is located within an inland port, the Virginia TradePort, which is centered at the New River Valley Airport in Pulaski County, VA. The inland port has a US Customs Officer on location to process import/export goods.
  • Electric rates, provided by Dominion Energy , are 30 percent below the national average.
  • A strong fiber optic infrastructure, which is about to be even more widespread, thanks to Lumos Fiber-to-the-Premises program. Inaugurated in the fall of 2010, FTTP brings to the area the same broadband services – for businesses and homes – currently available in Virginia’s largest metro areas.

Available Properties

A number of excellent properties and sites are available to packaging and plastics manufacturing firms. Featured properties include:

Rail Over River Industrial Park

A Unique Property for a Campus of Companies

  • More than 360,000 square feet available: manufacturing, office, data center, warehousing, machine shop and more.
  • Developable acreage includes a water filtration plant capable of producing 5 MGD. Source testing indicates excellent quality, suitable for bottling. Need water link
  • Property is located in a state-designated Enterprise Zone, A Foreign Trade Zone (#238) and a HUB Zone, and is eligible for New Market Tax Credits.
  • Served by municipal utilities, Dominion Virginia Power, Columbia Gas and Lumos (fiber is on site).
  • Zoned M2
  • Rail served by CSX

57 miles to the Roanoke Regional Airport, 34.2 miles to the Greenbrier Valley Airport

1.1 miles to Interstate-64, exit 14

Parker Hannifin Building

Move-In Condition on Rail with all Utilities

  • 165,000 sf, on 20 acres.
  • 6 dock-height doors, 6 drive-in doors.
  • Ceilings 24 feet
  • Property is located in a state-designated Enterprise Zone, A Foreign Trade Zone (#238) and a HUB Zone.
  • Served by municipal utilities, Dominion Virginia Power, Columbia Gas of Virginia and Lumos Networks (fiber is available).
  • 45 miles to Roanoke Regional Airport, 48 miles to Greenbrier Valley Airport

3 miles to I-64

Alleghany Regional Commerce Center


Available Land in an Established Business Park

  • 120 Acres
  • Amenities include a YMCA on-site.
  • Property is located in a state-designated Enterprise Zone, A Foreign Trade Zone (#238) and a HUB Zone.
  • Served by municipal utilities, Dominion Virginia Power and Lumos (fiber is available).
  • 50 miles to Roanoke Regional Airport, 40.1 miles to Greenbrier Valley Airport

1 mile to I-64, exit 21

A full list of available properties is here.

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