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Holding true to its roots, the area’s traditional timber industry remains a vital part of the Webster County economy today.
This area is ideal for growth of high-quality Appalachian hardwoods. The logging and wood processing industries have long been major contributors to the local economy. Major area employers in wood processing are the Jim C. Hamer Company, Allegheny Wood Products and Northwest Hardwoods.
Tourism, with a long history in Webster County, remains a great area of opportunity
- With scenic mountain vistas, pure sparkling streams and thousands of acres of public land, tourism is another key economic driver. Many local retail outlets cater to visitors to the area and due to the proximity to major population centers, opportunities abound for entrepreneurs in the area. Jerry Run Summer Theater and Jacyanna's Sweet Treats, are just two examples of such enterprises.
Webster County is also diversifying to add to its traditional sectors
- Small manufacturers have found a niche in the peaceful hills of Webster County. A few examples include Custard Stand Food Products, famous for its widely distributed hot dog chili and Valley Woodworks, a small crafter of custom wooden furniture and cabinetry.
- The area is also home to a variety of “creative class” entrepreneurs. Artists, crafters, musicians, writers and others have found Webster County to be the perfect place to get their creative talents flowing. Some examples of these creative talents can be seen at businesses including Cherry Falls Pottery and Prose and Photos.