Center for Forest Products Business held its Annual Meeting in March 31

Blacksburg, VA. April 27, 2011. The Center for Forest Products Business (CFPB) at Virginia Tech held its 2011 Annual Meeting in March 31 at the Brooks Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. The meeting was attended by representatives of the industry, government, state, and industry associations. During the morning session graduate students from the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products had the opportunity to present results of their research projects to the attendees (See Figure 1). Also professors Dr. Earl Kline, Dr. Bob Smith, and Dr. Henry Quesada summarized the future direction of the CFPB.

Figure 1. MS candidate Scarlett Sanchez presents results of her research on factors affecting the Supply Chain of the Wood Pallets Industry

After lunch participants were asked to provide feedback to help the CFPB to create a strategic plan for next five years. Results of the strategic session will be posted later. At the end of the day the meeting participants were invited to join the Annual Banquet of the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) where graduate and undergraduate students of the CNRE were recognized for their scholarly efforts.