Forestry and Agrifoods
Value-added wood manufacturing refers to the process required to produce a wood product of greater value than the value of the product in its previous form. A good example would be manufacturing log siding from a 6 inch lumber board.
The value added wood products sector in NL consists of approximately 100 companies producing an array of products such as:
Custom made table set made from eastern Larch
Birch has become the choice wood for cabinetry
These companies are generally small in size, with less than 15 employees, and are located in both rural and urban areas. Some of the companies are linked to local sawmills where they utilize local species such as white and yellow birch, black spruce, and eastern larch in their manufacturing process. Others utilize exclusively imported species or a combination of local and imported lumber. Nearly all of the value-added products produced are sold into the local market, however a number of companies have been successful in selling their products in the export market.