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Two father-daughter duos turn West Virginia forest products into treasures


PRINCETON – Two father-daughter duos in Princeton are tapping into one of West Virginia’s best natural resources to make furniture, floors, and all sorts of other things. 

The West Virginia Forest Products Center, located off of the I-77 Athens exit, uses hardwoods and other types of timber to make just about anything. 

The owner, Joseph Howard, works with his daughter, Elizabeth, and another father-daughter team, Ally Reynolds and Allan Perkins. 

“Appalachian hardwoods are amazing,” explained Howard. “Traditionally they haven’t been utilized to their full potential. I can sell a cherry board for three dollars a foot or I can take that same board and multiply it by ten or 100 percent if I make furniture or art. So we’re able to increase the value.” 

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