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Strong as Steel: Manufacturing Lumber in the Mountain State with Joe McNeel


For approximately four decades, the West Virginia Hardwoods Center at West Virginia University (WVU) has focused on one of the state's abundant natural resources. Dr. Joe McNeel, director of the Appalachian Hardwood Center and professor of Wood Science and Technology, leverages his experience and dedication to the state's hardwoods to help create and promote new products.

Out of these efforts has grown a sustainable, innovative wood product as strong as steel and concrete and uses technology to advance this growing industry. 
Innovators and Entrepreneurs is a bi-weekly segment of the daily304 that features discussions and wisdom from West Virginians who have built their companies and launched new ideas here in the Mountain State.

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