Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Shmulsky, Rubin

Committee Member

Owens, Frank

Committee Member

Montague, Iris

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Sustainable Bioproducts

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Sustainable Bioproducts


The wood products industry faces increased pressure to attract and maintain the interest of young audiences, such as the millennial generation. This study was created in attempt to bridge the perceived communication gap between the industry and millennial generation, or “millennials.” Millennials are defined in this study as individuals born from 1980 to 2000. An online survey was created and distributed to over 1500 millennials in February 2018 and received 1,479 usable surveys. Analysis performed on the resultant data included descriptive statistics and chi-square calculations. The study results indicate millennials have a positive view of wood products and hold uncertain or neutral perceptions towards the entire industry. Millennials perceive wood products as stylish, durable, and environmentally friendly. Millennials have neutral perceptions of the industry with stronger attitudes towards the industry’s relationship with the environment. Millennial responses also indicate weak general knowledge regarding the wood products industry and wood product properties.