Only TN recipient of USDA wood innovations grant hails from Huntland
Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods was awarded $300,000 under the Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Program.
If I asked you what Huntland, a town in Franklin County, TN, is best known for, do you have an answer?
One good answer – and maybe the only one – is that the community of fewer than 1,000 citizens is one where Johnny Majors, the legendary Tennessee football player and later coach, grew up.
Well, Huntland made news again last week when Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods was awarded $300,000 under the Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The company was the only recipient from Tennessee and will utilize the federal dollars for a log merchandising system for the expanded utilization of forests in Southern Appalachia.
The USDA program is investing more than $43 million to expand innovative uses of wood, including as a construction material in commercial buildings, as an energy source, and in manufacturing and processing input for wood products used in a variety of ways including framing homes and making paper products.