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West Virginia Split Rail – Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost penned the famous line, “Good fences make good neighbors,” and the folks at West Virginia Split Rail (WVSR) couldn’t agree more. That’s why this family-owned business has manufactured split-rail fencing since 1929, and today produces the equivalent of seven million board feet per year.
A division of West Virginia Forest Products (WVFP), WVSR is located in Buckhannon, W.Va., just two hours south of Pittsburgh in the heart of the Hardwood Alliance Zone. Jim Hinkle, president of WVFP, is the third generation of his family to run the company.

“West Virginia Forest Products has found a growing market niche in a shrinking marketplace because of our location in West Virginia,” Hinkle said. “Transportation lanes out of the state have improved by leaps and bounds over the past decade to offset the rising cost of fuel, and the work ethic in West Virginia is very strong - a day’s work for a day's pay is truly found here.”

WVSR caters to the do-it-yourself landowner who wants to enjoy the benefits of natural fencing without feeling the wallet-pinching cost of professional installation. WVSR is distinctively smooth due to the log peeling process and is treated to prevent mold and mildew. Fence posts are produced from red pine or locust, while either white pine or poplar is used for the rails. Installation is easy and requires only a posthole shovel, string and level to get the project started. The company’s user-friendly Web site, www.wvsr.com, features an online catalog, installation instructions and distributor information.

West Virginia Forest Products:

Employs approximately 75 people
Manufactures components for pallets and wood packaging
Obtains 99 percent of all raw materials from West Virginia sawmills
Made capital investments of nearly $2 million since 2002
Has five year goal to increase sales by 50 percent