Wisconsin tops nation in wood furniture manufacturing employmentStaff writer ▼ | November 27, 2014
Wisconsin's high quality hardwoods, beautiful pines and skilled workforce helped the state secure the top ranking nationwide in wood furniture manufacturing employment.
Skilled workforce While others are stagnating, Wisconsin is rising
Paul DeLong, chief state forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the recent numbers are another indication of the many ways in which Wisconsin's timber industry strengthens communities from the ground up. In addition to furniture manufacturing, the larger forest products employment base includes traditional logging, trucking and mill operations as well as forest products research, energy, consulting and tourism industries.
Overall, Wisconsin's public and private lands generate forest products valued at nearly $22.9 billion each year and support more than 59,000 jobs based on numbers from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and additional sources. All of this is occurring while Wisconsin's forests continue to add a net 185 million cubic feet of saw timber annually, enough to frame about 139,000 homes. ■