- Extensive and groundbreaking research across disciplines in the specific areas of: forest biomaterials, wood chemistry, physics and materials science for multiphase materials, biotechnology and enzymes for new genetic strains and applications, non-wood fiber processing, alternative building materials and methodologies, sustainable wood materials, wood machining and tooling, and value added wood products.
- NC Port at Wilmington – capable of handling bulk, break-bulk and contained wood chips, lumber and roundstock.
- Has received as much as .5 million tons of lumber from Europe annually.
- Wood chip facility on site handled over 120,000 tons of chips in 2009.
- Wood Raw Material Resources
- The Region produces 145 million cubic feet of roundwood timber products (2007 US Forest Service).
- The 11 counties in NCSE Region produced (US Forest Service, Timber Products Output report 2007):
- Roundwood products: 145,276,000 cu ft
- Logging residue: 33,242,000 cu ft
- Other removals: 26,742,000 cu ft
- Bark & wood residue: 38,870,830 cu ft (648,387.5 dry tons)
- The region has suppliers of timber products and services
- 40 logging companies
- 5 forest service companies and organizations
- 78 wood products companies
- 20 pulp and paper companies
- Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
- The lowest unionization rates in the country (1.9%).
- Existing building products cluster and advanced manufacturing workforce.
- 2 deep water ports in NC and within 200 miles of the highest volume ports on the east coast (Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC)
- Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
- Foreign Trade Zone at the Port of Wilmington.
- Highly competitive incentives and financial assistance.
- Population growth at nearly twice the national average.
- Quality of life that attracts and retains talent with a cost of living that is lower than the national average.