A year ago, Las Vegas-based Old Wood was experiencing tough times, as were many businesses.
Now, David Old, the company’s owner, reports that his business is “alive and well.” Old Wood is expected to have up to 15 employees within the next couple of weeks, many of whom have been hired in recent days, he said.
The company’s employees are now in the middle of a contract in which they are making 350,000 wood blocks for a printing press in the Washington, D.C., area, Old said. If that project works out, it could lead to another contract with Caterpillar to produce 2 million of the same product, he said.
Old Wood has taken on a number of major projects in the past, including wood flooring for theaters in other countries.
Old and other members of the Las Vegas Wood Cluster are preparing for a public presentation on the possibilities of the wood industry, an event that is scheduled for Wednesday.
The cluster, formed by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, is designed to spur the local wood industry.
If you go
What: “How to Heat With Wood — Vegas Style,” exploring a way to spur the wood industry.
When: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: Highlands University’s Kennedy Hall.