KFIA 56th Annual Meeting: “Beyond COVID-19”

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Lexington, KY–The Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) recently completed a successful 56th Annual Meeting, held here at the Embassy Suites. Under the current COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting welcomed 250 in attendance and 26 exhibitors.  The KFIA Annual Meeting serves as the premier event for the Hardwood industry in Kentucky. 

The meeting got underway with the John C. Smith Memorial Golf Scramble where 65 participants enjoyed a spring day on the University Club of Kentucky Golf Course, while the KFIA Board of Directors took care of association business followed by an evening Welcome Reception. 

The next morning, KFIA President Dan Allard, of Domtar Paper Co. LLC, opened the session, followed by a legislative and association update by KFIA Executive Director Bob Bauer. This included an update from Dana Lee Cole, executive director of the Hardwood Federation, on issues in Washington, DC and the COVID impact on the timber industry.  The morning finished with a discussion by Cole, Tom Inman, president of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. and Jim Maltese, of Stella- Jones Corp., concerning the plan developed by the Real American Hardwood Promotion Coalition that will assist the promotion of the use of American Hardwoods on a national level.  

The opening session was followed by the Kentucky Tree Farm Awards Luncheon, which convened with guest speaker Lee Cruse, a stand-up comedian and local television/radio celebrity, providing some comic relief. The luncheon provided an opportunity to honor individuals that help to make forestry and the wood industry a success throughout the state.  

The following people were recognized for their contributions to forestry in Kentucky:

  • Saul Bex and Rufus “Sonny” Bex, B&B Logging, Falmouth, KY – 2020 Logger of the Year
  • Sarah Shewmaker, North Central Region KY Division of Forestry, Frankfort, KY –  2020 Inspector of the Year

KFIA also recognized the following people for their leadership and service to the KFIA Board of Directors:

  • Outgoing Secretary/Treasurer – Amy Middleton, Diamond Forest Resources, Morehead, KY           
  • Outgoing Board Member – MacKay Dickerson, Dickerson Lumber Co., Summer Shade, KY 
  • Outgoing Board Member – Mike Gomes, Duraflame East LLC, Somerset, KY 
  • Outgoing Board Member – Chris Terry, Terry Logging Inc., Morehead, KY    
  • Newly Elected Secretary/Treasurer – Erika York, A&Y Enterprises, Marrowbone, KY
  • Re-elected Director: Scott Anderson, Tarter Gate Wood Products Inc., Dunnville, KY

The KFIA’s newly elected directors are:   

  • Wayland Partin Jr., Partin Logging LLC, Pineville, KY 
  • Jeff Perry, J.W. Perry Lumber LLC., Leitchfield, KY 
  • Drew Spencer, S & S Lumber Co. Inc., Rogers, KY

As usual tradition, everyone enjoyed the Robinson Lumber Co. / Van Meter Insurance Hospitality Suite with fellowship and networking opportunities with fresh seafood and cocktails.  The day ended with the Exhibitor Reception, which included plenty of time to see some of the latest technology and services being offered to the wood industry.   

The final morning of the event opened with Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles highlighting the partnerships that are being developed with the wood products industry. He also announced a new program being developed within the department to promote the benefits and assistance available to farmers to improve forest management.  A discussion of transportation issues followed and addressed the need for funding for infrastructure. The discussion was led by Mike Hancock, Deputy Secretary for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  The ever-popular issue of the labor force and lack thereof was discussed by Michael Cornett and Trish Adams from the East Kentucky Concentrated Employer Program Inc., which provided resources and ideas to help retain good employees and recruit new ones.  The final presenter, Mary Beth Cummins, a loan officer for The Citizens Bank, discussed the current COVID relief programs to assist many in the wood products industry with the ongoing PPP program and provided opportunities for assistance to help businesses survive and flourish.    

According to event organizers, the meeting was a huge success with many positive comments and showed a real excitement for improving markets and some type of normalcy returning to the industry.  Those in attendance gained valuable information while having time to network with others in the Hardwood industry from throughout the country.  

KFIA is also pleased to announce that the 2022 Annual Meeting will be in Lexington, KY at the Embassy Suites on April 5-7. 

KFIA is a trade association dedicated to serving and promoting the forest products industry of Kentucky.  Founded in 1965, it has over 550 members in the areas of primary and secondary wood industry, supplier and service industries, wholesale, loggers and landowners. 

For more information about the association contact Bob Bauer at 502-695-3979 or visit online at www.kfia.org.

Steve Merrick, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY; Toto Robinson, Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans, LA; George Crawford, Somerset Hardwood Flooring; and Kelly Hostetter, Robinson Lumber Company
Steve Merrick, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY; Toto Robinson, Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans, LA; George Crawford, Somerset Hardwood Flooring; and Kelly Hostetter, Robinson Lumber Company
KFIA 56th Annual Meeting: “Beyond COVID-19” 1

Tommy Steele, Woodcraft Industries Inc., Bowling Green, KY; Brad Froning, Oaks Unlimited Inc., Knoxville, TN; Jerry Stephens, Stephens Hardwood LLC, Huntsville, TN; and Ronnie Robinson, Laurel Wood Products LLC, London, KY
Past presidents in attendance at the 2021 KFIA Annual Meeting were: (Front row, from left): Rick Armstrong, Homer Gregory Co. Inc., Morehead, KY; Bill Steele Jr., Bitteroot Hardwoods & Dimensions, Bowling Green, KY; Mervin Strader, Strader Bros. LLC, Elkton, KY; and Henry Christ, Dunaway Timber Co. Inc., Fordsville, KY; (back row, from left): Tony Leanhart, self-employed, Wholesale Lumber Sales, La Grange, KY; Tony Goodman, C.B. Goodman & Sons Lumber Inc., Hickory, KY; Darrin Gay, Gay Brothers Logging and Lumber, Oneida, KY; Rick Goodin, YesterYear Floors, Campbellsville, KY; and Steve Merrick, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY
Past presidents in attendance at the 2021 KFIA Annual Meeting were: (Front row, from left): Rick Armstrong, Homer Gregory Co. Inc., Morehead, KY; Bill Steele Jr., Bitteroot Hardwoods & Dimensions, Bowling Green, KY; Mervin Strader, Strader Bros. LLC, Elkton, KY; and Henry Christ, Dunaway Timber Co. Inc., Fordsville, KY; (back row, from left): Tony Leanhart, self-employed, Wholesale Lumber Sales, La Grange, KY; Tony Goodman, C.B. Goodman & Sons Lumber Inc., Hickory, KY; Darrin Gay, Gay Brothers Logging and Lumber, Oneida, KY; Rick Goodin, YesterYear Floors, Campbellsville, KY; and Steve Merrick, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY
Robert Ousley, James Ritter Lumber Co., Summer Shade, KY; and Chris Calhoun, Pennsylvania Cherry LLC, Mercersburg, PA
Robert Ousley, James Ritter Lumber Co., Summer Shade, KY; and Chris Calhoun, Pennsylvania Cherry LLC, Mercersburg, PA
Cody Robbins, W.R. Hardwoods LLC, West Liberty, KY; Dana Lee Cole, Hardwood Federation, Washington, DC; and Tony Honeycutt, Mullican Flooring, Norton, VA
Cody Robbins, W.R. Hardwoods LLC, West Liberty, KY; Dana Lee Cole, Hardwood Federation, Washington, DC; and Tony Honeycutt, Mullican Flooring, Norton, VA
Corey Sisler and Eddie Sisler, Sisler Lumber Co., Keyser, WV; Mike Ballard, Sawmill MD, Crestview, FL; Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; and Duncan Ferguson, Sawmill MD
Corey Sisler and Eddie Sisler, Sisler Lumber Co., Keyser, WV; Mike Ballard, Sawmill MD, Crestview, FL; Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; and Duncan Ferguson, Sawmill MD
Jason Thompson, Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville, MS; Steve Merrick, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY; and Jeremy Mortl, Messersmith Manufacturing Inc., Bark River, MI
Jason Thompson, Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville, MS; Steve Merrick, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY; and Jeremy Mortl, Messersmith Manufacturing Inc., Bark River, MI
Tony and Cheryl Goodman, C.B. Goodman & Sons Lumber Inc., Hickory, KY; and Bill Steele Jr., Bitteroot Hardwoods & Dimensions, Bowling Green, KY
Tony and Cheryl Goodman, C.B. Goodman & Sons Lumber Inc., Hickory, KY; and Bill Steele Jr., Bitteroot Hardwoods & Dimensions, Bowling Green, KY
John Hester, National Hardwood Lumber Assoc., Memphis, TN; Jeremy Pitts, Nyle Systems LLC, Brewer, ME; and William Perry, Powell Valley Millwork LLC, Clay City, KY
John Hester, National Hardwood Lumber Assoc., Memphis, TN; Jeremy Pitts, Nyle Systems LLC, Brewer, ME; and William Perry, Powell Valley Millwork LLC, Clay City, KY
Brian Johnson, Koppers Inc., Bon Aqua, TN; Bobby Atkinson, Somerset Wood Products Inc., Somerset, KY; and Drew Spencer, S&S Lumber Co. Inc., Rogers, KY
Brian Johnson, Koppers Inc., Bon Aqua, TN; Bobby Atkinson, Somerset Wood Products Inc., Somerset, KY; and Drew Spencer, S&S Lumber Co. Inc., Rogers, KY
Sandy and Jerry Johnson, Paw Taw John Services Inc., Rathdrum, ID
Sandy and Jerry Johnson, Paw Taw John Services Inc., Rathdrum, ID
Donna and Jim Burris, Corley Manufacturing Co., Chattanooga, TN
Donna and Jim Burris, Corley Manufacturing Co., Chattanooga, TN
Heather Kerns, Michele Brewer, Robert Bauer, Executive Director, and Brittany Brewer, KFIA, Frankfort, KY
Heather Kerns, Michele Brewer, Robert Bauer, Executive Director, and Brittany Brewer, KFIA, Frankfort, KY
Paul Miller Jr., National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; and Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., High Point, NC
Paul Miller Jr., National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; and Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., High Point, NC
Dwight Barnette, J&J Pallet Corp., Clarksville, IN; Tony Goodman, C.B. Goodman & Sons Lumber Inc., Hickory, KY; and Rick Armstrong, Homer Gregory Co. Inc., Morehead, KY
Dwight Barnette, J&J Pallet Corp., Clarksville, IN; Tony Goodman, C.B. Goodman & Sons Lumber Inc., Hickory, KY; and Rick Armstrong, Homer Gregory Co. Inc., Morehead, KY
Charles Stevenson, Parkland Lumber, West Somerset, KY; Steve Merrick, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY; and Scott Anderson, Tarter Gate Wood Products Co., Dunnville, KY
Charles Stevenson, Parkland Lumber, West Somerset, KY; Steve Merrick, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY; and Scott Anderson, Tarter Gate Wood Products Co., Dunnville, KY
Coby Stephens, Kentucky Hardwood Lumber Co. Inc., Somerset, KY; Kevin Tudor, Domtar Paper Co. LLC, Mount Sterling, KY; and Rob Cornett, Kentucky Hardwood Lumber Co. Inc.
Coby Stephens, Kentucky Hardwood Lumber Co. Inc., Somerset, KY; Kevin Tudor, Domtar Paper Co. LLC, Mount Sterling, KY; and Rob Cornett, Kentucky Hardwood Lumber Co. Inc.
Kris Vance, Goodfellow Inc., Shelbyville, KY; and Steve Moore, Havco Wood Products LLC, Vonore, TN
Kris Vance, Goodfellow Inc., Shelbyville, KY; and Steve Moore, Havco Wood Products LLC, Vonore, TN
Deron Harris, Premium Hardwoods Inc., Bremen, KY; and Paul Maxwell, Maxwell Brothers Lumber Co., Lewisport, KY
Deron Harris, Premium Hardwoods Inc., Bremen, KY; and Paul Maxwell, Maxwell Brothers Lumber Co., Lewisport, KY
Jake Welker and Gary Moore, Wood-Mizer Products Inc., Indianapolis, IN; Mike Goldston, Brewco Inc., Central City, KY; and Bob Bauer, Executive Director, KFIA, Frankfort, KY
Jake Welker and Gary Moore, Wood-Mizer Products Inc., Indianapolis, IN; Mike Goldston, Brewco Inc., Central City, KY; and Bob Bauer, Executive Director, KFIA, Frankfort, KY
Keith Henry and James Wells, GreenTree Forest Products Inc., Wallingford, KY; Josh Peachey, Eagle Lumber Co. LLC, Greensburg, KY; George Crawford, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY; and Howell White, Walter M. Fields Lumber Co. Inc., Memphis, TN
Keith Henry and James Wells, GreenTree Forest Products Inc., Wallingford, KY; Josh Peachey, Eagle Lumber Co. LLC, Greensburg, KY; George Crawford, Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Somerset, KY; and Howell White, Walter M. Fields Lumber Co. Inc., Memphis, TN
Stephen Hamer, Jim C. Hamer Lumber Co., Kenova, WV; Michael Peger, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co., Bowling Green, KY; and Jeff Perry, J.W. Perry Lumber LLC, Caneyville, KY
Stephen Hamer, Jim C. Hamer Lumber Co., Kenova, WV; Michael Peger, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co., Bowling Green, KY; and Jeff Perry, J.W. Perry Lumber LLC, Caneyville, KY
Gavin Christ and Henry Christ, Dunaway Timber Co. Inc., Fordsville, KY; and Steve Parker, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co., Bowling Green, KY
Gavin Christ and Henry Christ, Dunaway Timber Co. Inc., Fordsville, KY; and Steve Parker, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co., Bowling Green, KY
J.R. Johns, Mitco Sales, Middleton, TN; and Katie White, DMSi Software/TallyExpress, Omaha, NE
J.R. Johns, Mitco Sales, Middleton, TN; and Katie White, DMSi Software/TallyExpress, Omaha, NE
Ray White II, Sawyer White and Lee White, Harold White Lumber Inc., Morehead, KY
Ray White II, Sawyer White and Lee White, Harold White Lumber Inc., Morehead, KY
Jason Dishman, Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales Inc., Cookeville, TN; Tim Hughes, Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture, Frankfort, KY; and Steven Thomas, Graf & Thomas Lumber Inc., Vanceburg, KY
Jason Dishman, Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales Inc., Cookeville, TN; Tim Hughes, Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture, Frankfort, KY; and Steven Thomas, Graf & Thomas Lumber Inc., Vanceburg, KY
Shane Middleton, Shane R Middleton Trucking LLC, Morehead, KY; and Barry Hamm, GreenTree Forest Products Inc., Wallingford, KY
Shane Middleton, Shane R Middleton Trucking LLC, Morehead, KY; and Barry Hamm, GreenTree Forest Products Inc., Wallingford, KY

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