2015 KFIA Annual Meeting - March 25-27, Lexington, KY

ANNUAL MEETING SPONSORSHIP LEVELS: Thank you to all of our sponsors that helped make the meeting such a success.

Dunaway Timber Co.
Kentucky Tree Farm Committee
Pennsylvania & Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Ins.
Van Meter Insurance

Altenburg Hardwood Lumber Co.
Brown-Forman Cooperage
Domtar Paper Co., LLC
Georgia-Pacific WFS
Frank Miller Lumber Co.
Robinson Stave Inc.

American Woodmark
Curry Timber Products
Domtar Paper Co., LLC
Evergreen Packaging
 Stella Jones Inc.
Somerset Wood Products, Inc.

Courtney Timber Harvesting
C.B. Goodman & Sons Lumber
 Green River Logger’s Council 
GreenTree Forest Products
H & S Lumber
Lebanon Oak Flooring Co. 
Little River Lumber Co.
Midwest Hardwood Corp. 
Mohawk/Columbia Flooring
National Lumber
Powell Valley Millwork
Smallwood Lumber Co. LLC
Smith Creek, Inc.  
Emmet Vaughn Lumber
Walnut Creek Timber, LLC
Harold White Lumber Inc.
Young Manufacturing Inc.

Barko-Patterson Chip Co.
Brandeis Machinery & Supply
Brewco Inc.
Bryan Equipment Sales/Stihl
Sam Carey Lumber
Columbus Equipment Co.
Corley Manufacturing Inc.
Courtney Timber Harvesting
Walter Fields Lumber
ForesTech Research Solutions
Frederick & May Lumber Co.
Gay Brothers Logging & Lumber
Green River Loggers Council
Hartzell Hardwoods
Havco Wood Products. LLC
Hoskins Lumber Co. LLC
Stella Jones Inc.
Koppers Inc.
Frank Miller Lumber Co.
Middle Tennessee Lumber
Missouri Walnut
Northland Trading
Nortrax, Inc.
Powell Valley Millwork
ProLift Industrial Equipment
Rudd Equipment Co. - Evansville, IN
Rudd Equipment Co. - Louisville, KY
SII Dry Kilns
Smith Creek Inc.
Stone Belt Freight Lines
US Blades
Whayne Supply Co.
Whitaker Bank
Richard White Wood Products

2015 KFIA Annual Meeting - Celebrating 50 years

     The Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) recently completed a successful 50th Annual Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky at the Embassy Suites.  The meeting was held March 25-27, 2015 and was well attended by 350 members.  The KFIA Annual Meeting serves as the premier event for the hardwood industry in Kentucky and got underway with a great day of golf with over 70 participants. 

      Thursday started with the Board of Directors and Statewide Wood Energy Team meetings followed by the KFIA/Tree Farm Awards Luncheon.  The luncheon provided an opportunity to honor a wide range of individuals that help to make forestry and the wood industry a big success throughout the state.  A special presentation was made by President   Abraham Lincoln to all of the past KFIA Presidents and Founding Members.  The following people were also recognized for their contributions to forestry in Kentucky.
Flying Rooster Farm, Inc., Williamsburg, KY - 2014 Tree Farmer of the Year
   Sizemore Logging, London, KY – 2014 Logger of the Year
   Michael Froelich, Southeast Region KY Division of Forestry, Hazard, KY- 2014 Inspector of the Year
   Jim Spangler, Stihl/Bryan Equipment Sales, Loveland, OH  - 2014 Communicator of the Year

KFIA Executive Director Bob Bauer was recognized for his 20 years of dedicated service.  He was surprised by the recognition. 

KFIA recognized the following people for their leadership and service to the KFIA Board of Directors:
Steve Curry, Curry Timber Products, East Bernstadt, KY
Hagan Wonn, Kentucky    Hardwood Lumber, Somerset, KY

The following people were elected to the 2015 KFIA Board of Directors:      
     President : Darrin Gay, Gay Brothers Logging & Lumber 
     Vice President : Tony Leanhart, Northland Corporation
     Secretary/Treasurer - Amy Conley, Diamond Forest Resources          

Re-elected Directors:
     Bill Boarman, Young Manufacturing Inc. – Beaver Dam, KY
     Mike Gomes, DuraFlame East LLC. - Somerset, KY

New elected Directors:
     Garry Jones, T & G Lumber Co. - Park City, KY
     Chris Terry, Terry Logging Inc. - Morehead, KY

     The afternoon meetings discussed the future of a Forest Health Center at the University of Kentucky and Sustainable Forestry Implementation in Kentucky.  As usual tradition, everyone enjoyed the Robinson Lumber/Van Meter Insurance Hospitality Suite with great seafood and special cuisine straight from New Orleans.  The day concluded with the Exhibitor Reception and plenty of time to see some of the latest technology and services being offered to the wood industry and a gathering to root on the Kentucky Wildcats to a win in the NCAA Tournament. 

      Friday morning opened with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and Gubernatorial candidate James Comer discussing his support for the wood industry followed by a legislative and association update by KFIA Executive Director Bob Bauer.  Other conference speakers were Terrell “Red” Baker, University of Kentucky Department of Forestry discussing the longtime relationship with KFIA.  Lee Andrews, U.S. Fish and Wildlife gave an update on the Northern Long-eared bat and its potential listing and affect on the wood industry.      

     The meeting was a tremendous success and those in attendance gained valuable information while having time to network with others in the hardwood industry from throughout the country.  KFIA is pleased to announce that the 2016 Annual Meeting will be in Louisville, KY at The Brown Hotel on April 5-7. 




Exhibitor Information

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2015 KFIA Annual Meeting Exhibitors

Arborgen, Inc., Athens, GA

Brandeis Machinery & Supply, Lexington, KY

BreezeDried Inc., Tillsonburg, Ont. Canada

Brewco, Inc., Central City, KY

Columbus Equipment Co., Columbus, OH

Corley Mfg. Co, Chattanooga, TN

Duke Energy, Cincinnati, OH

eLIMBS,LLC, Belpre, OH

ForesTech Resource Solutions, Castalian Springs, TN

Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy, Frankfort, KY

ISK Biocides, Inc. Memphis, TN

Stella Jones Inc., Fulton, KY

Kentucky Department of Energy, Frankfort, KY

Kentucky Division of Forestry, Frankfort, KY

Kop-Coat, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

Office of Entomology, Univ. of KY, Lexington, KY

National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN

Nortrax, Inc, Louisville, KY

Patterson Chip Co. Barbourville, KY

Pennsylvania & Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance, Philadelphia, PA

ProLift Industrial Equipment, Louisville, KY

Rudd Equipment, Louisville, KY

Sawmill MD, Crestview, FL

SII Dry Kilns, Vienna, IL

Talladega Machinery & Supply, Talladega, AL

U-C Coatings, Buffalo, NY

U.S. Blades, Meridan MS

Whayne Supply Co, Louisville, KY

Wood-Mizer, LLC, Indianapolis, IN