Students from all over the nation are in Randolph County to learn more about the state’s hardwood industry.  

The West Virginia Wood Technology Center hosted a four-day lumber grading short course to fulfill a need in the growing hardwood industry.  The workshop is designed to teach the basics of hardwood lumber inspection and grading rules to yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales staff and management personnel.

“We do have a growth in the hardwood industry right now with announcements such as Armstrong and things of that nature.  Lumber graders are needed.  It’s a combination of both.  It’s just a really good industry for West Virginia right now,” said West Virginia Wood Technology Center Executive Director Robbie Morris.

Officials said there is a growing need for certified graders in the area and throughout the state.

Find more information on upcoming classes here.