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By Ian Faight

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Ian Faight
Executive Vice President

In late May, more than 60 representatives from our industry convened in Washington, DC, to let our collective voice be heard on Capitol Hill during the Hardwood Federation’s Fly-In. We joined together to tell our industry’s stories; share issues that are impacting thousands of businesses; and discuss legislation that could positively impact the entire supply chain, educational institutions, and communities across our nation. I personally had the opportunity to attend meetings with different groups that included multiple family-owned companies that are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year— and I must say the history behind our industry is inspiring. It was an excellent opportunity to get in front of lawmakers and I truly believe our collective voice was heard.

Thank you to Dana Cole and the Hardwood Federation staff for their efforts in arranging another successful Fly-In and their continued work in DC.

Last month, HMA held its Spring Regional Meeting in Tennessee. I’m proud to report that more than 60 members, non-members, and industry suppliers gathered together to share knowledge and comradery, see new technologies and solutions in action, and experience one of HMA’s most valuable member benefits in person. I know that it’s difficult to take time away from your everyday work and families, so it’s great to see such strong participation and some new faces.

Thank you to our four tour hosts: Clark Hardwoods, Mayfield Lumber Company, Middle Tennessee Lumber Co., and Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods for opening their doors and taking us around their facilities. And I’d also like to give a shout out to our generous meeting sponsors, whose incredible support helped ensure our tour of the Volunteer State was a great experience for all of our attendees. Thank you to Farm Credit Mid-America, Frank Miller Lumber Co., Koppers, McGriff Insurance Services – National Forest Products Practice, May- field Lumber Company, Middle Tennessee Lumber Co., and New River Hardwoods.

Now that spring is in the rearview mirror, we’re turning our attention to our Fall Regional Meeting, which will take place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We have several tours lined up and details are being finalized, so keep a look out for registration details and hotel information in the near future. It’s been a while since HMA has been in that neck of the woods, so I hope to see you there!

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By Ian Faight

Executive Vice President, Hardwood Manufacturers Association,

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