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Center for Forest Products Business

The Center for Forest Products Business was established to help forest products firms improve the management of their operations and the marketing of their products. Our mission is accomplished through educating business professionals for employment in the forest products industry, providing useful market research, and offering continuing education for forest products industry professionals. 

The center’s research and education efforts focus on understanding the consumer of forest products and how effectively forest industries are able to provide for their needs. Cooperators include faculty members and students within the College of Natural Resources and Environment and the Pamplin College of Business, forest industry partners, trade associations, and USDA Forest Service scientists from the North and Southern research stations. 

The center is part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Industry Studies Program to conduct scholarly research that benefits from deep industry knowledge and engagement with forest products industry practitioners.

    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
    U.S. Forest Service

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  • Robert (Bob) L. Smith
  • Associate Dean for Engagement and Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • (540) 231-7679
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment
    324 Cheatham Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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