2014 Kentucky Forest Industries Association Annual Meeting
“Let the Good Times Roll”
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The Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) held its 49th Annual Meeting on April 2 - 4, 2014 at The Brown Hotel in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The association hosted over 350 company representatives from throughout the region. There will be a variety of discussions and activities to enjoy during the event. A number of opportunities will be made available for attendees to gather and discuss current issues, and meet with customers both new and old. The meeting got underway with a golf outing at the Oxmoor Country Club Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky with 80 golfers participating and a tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.
$10,000 Hole in One Contest sponsored by U-C Coatings Corp. had a winner, Mike Albreicht from Frankfort, KY. True to its tradition, we can't visit the Oxmoor Country Club and it not rain, this year was not exception but everyone seemed to still have a good time. ISK Biocides sponsored the beverage cart. Many thanks to all our sponsors.
Speakers included Joe Collins from the State Entomology Office providing an update on the Emerald Ash Borer and Thousand Cankers Disease plaguing the industry and a presentation will be made by Matt Bynum with Louisville Slugger bats to explain how the ash borer is affecting their wood procurement strategies. Bob Russell from Brown - Forman Cooperage provided an update on recent growth in the bourbon and stave markets. An expert panel will be debating the proposed Hardwood Check-off and it’s affect on the industry. Senator Rand Paul was invited but unable to attend but sent a Field Representative to speak during the meeting.