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Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) Summer Conference.

Oct. 4, 2016 –  

By Audrey Zink-Sharp

This year’s AHMI summer conference was held at the Greenbrier, White Sulphur Spring, West Virginia, on July 25 and 26.  In addition to AHMI members, several forest products industry association leaders were in attendance including the National Hardwood Lumber Association, the American Hardwood Export Council, Wood Component Manufacturers Association, Hardwood Manufacturers Association, Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, and the Hardwood Federation.  One of the sessions was a meeting with representatives of six of the leading forestry and wood products universities in the Appalachian region.  AHMI Board of Trustees and Producer Division members initiated the session to learn about current research at these universities and plan for projects that could benefit AHMI members. Faculty and administrators from Clemson University, NC State University, Penn State University, University of Tennessee; Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University discussed ongoing research at each of their units. Audrey Zink-Sharp presented current research projects in the Sustainable Biomaterials department and provided an overview of our department’s outreach and educational programs.

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AHMI Research Committee members and the Board of Trustees are developing a request for proposals that will be announced in coming months. Each of the universities will be invited to submit project proposals based on the ideas developed by the board and funding will be awarded this fall for completion in 2017.

Fall Newsletter 2016

Fall Newsletter 2016

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Fall 2016


Upcoming Events

  • Forest Products Exports 2016

October 17-18, 2016 in Charleston, SC.

  • The Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry

Conference to be held November 2 - 3, 2016 at the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) in Princeton, WV.
For more details and registration, please visit the web site



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