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Charcoal Industry Booms

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A new industrial endeavor for North Carolina is the manufacture and distribution of North Carolina-made charcoal. Experimentation has begun using low-grade hardwoods which has little or now market value and clutters up sections of the state's 18 million acres of woodlands. So far two firms, in Mount Airy and Chapel Hill, are making charcoal from oak and hickory, and selling products in North Carolina storefronts, reportedly bringing down the cost of charcoal products sold in the state from other markets.