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January 30, 2012

A 2020 Vision for the Vermont Wood Products Sector

Today, the Vermont Wood Products Marketing Council has released a new ten year strategic plan entitled, “A 2020 Vision for the Vermont Wood Products Sector”, completed by industry expert and International Consultant, Tom Dossenbach, from Dossenbach Associates, Inc. of North Carolina. In 2001, a similar strategic plan was completed and has resulted in many successful projects over the last ten years. As our world changes, it was time to revisit the old plan and develop a new strategic outlook for the next ten years.

This is a comprehensive plan that identifies eight (8) major goals with 37 action steps for continuous improvement through positive change. The strategies are designed to help all Sector stakeholders from the forest to the finished wood products producers become more effective and prosperous in the future.

The Council, the State of Vermont, Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Agency of Natural Resources, Division of Forests, Parks and Recreation have partnered to begin work on the implementation phase of the project. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development will provide one staff member to act as Executive Director of the Council. Alex Ibey, Economic Development Specialist, has been chosen to lead the implementation phase of the project as the Council’s Executive Director. “Our wood products companies have the skills, knowledge, quality craftsmanship and products to compete in a very competitive world market,” said Ibey. “This ten year strategic plan has given us a road map for continuous improvement across the entire Vermont Supply Chain.”

The Vermont Wood Products Sector is a successful, $1.83 billion sector that is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. The Council and its partners are united and eager to begin working on implementing the newly adopted strategic plan. “Growth and prosperity for the Sector is dependent on the ability to achieve the goals stated in the ten year strategic plan,” Ibey states. “Wood Products is a legacy Sector in Vermont and it’s time to let the rest of the world know that we produce the highest quality Wood Products in the industry.”

For an electronic copy of the report, please contact Alex Ibey, 802-828-5241 or email at

Source: Department of Economic Development
Last Updated at: January 30, 2012 11:07:52