KISTLER, W.Va. — During his inaugural address, Governor Jim Justice pledged a resurgence in both harvesting and crafting in West Virginia’s wood industry.
The Governor’s Website (justiceforwv.com) touts the possibilities of the state’s timber reserves saying 80 percent of the state is forested and timber resources are growing 2.5 times faster than they are being harvested.
In Logan County, the timber industry is an important sector of the local economy.
The Buck Harless Wood Products Industrial Park is located on the reclaimed mine lands on the border of Logan and Mingo counties and supports it around 300 jobs processing natural resources into products for market.
Another part of the timber local timber industry can be found at the Kistler business All Things Wood owned by Paul and Crissy Huggins.
The couple noted all of their products are handcrafted out solid wood sourced only from West Virginia timber.
Paul Huggins noted the business has done everything from custom kitchen cabinets to remodeling hotels.
The Hugginses explained they relocated their business from Easley, S.C. to Kistler about three years ago.
Like many people in the area, the Hugginses noted business has seemed to pick up recently.
The couple noted they are on the cusp of having to expand their business and possibly even hire another worker.
The timber industry shows potential promise for growth in the area’s economy and a step toward diversification.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]