2021 KENTUCKY WOOD EXPO IN REVIEW

The 34th Kentucky Wood Expo took place on September 17 & 18 at Masterson Station Park. This was the fifth show in Lexington and attendance exceeded expectation from the industry considering the pandemic.  A big thanks goes out to the Parks and Recreation Department, for their assistance and cooperation during the week and VisitLEX along with the Lexington community for all their support for the show.  The Expo is conducted by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association to provide members an opportunity to see new technology and make purchasing decisions. 

 Although the number of exhibits was down, we had some first time exhibitors and were pleased with the turnout.  Many suppliers were limited on travel, equipment and personnel making it difficult to participate in the 2021 Expo. Robert Bauer, KFIA Executive Director and other association leadership spoke with exhibitors, and reported positive feedback. 

Visitor attendance was good and “considering the circumstances, we were very pleased with the outcome,” said Dan Allard, KFIA President. The weather was perfect Friday and Saturday which brought an estimated attendance of 1,800 visitors and over 400 students from around the region and from other states through the show.  The industry crowd was more quality over quantity with a number of exhibitors making contacts and selling equipment.  
 
This year’s Wood Expo was a success thanks to many of our members and partners throughout the forestry community. The show featured a number of events that not only brought in additional attendees but also provided many educational benefits and additional things to do while at the show.  A huge thank you goes out to the University of Kentucky Forestry Extension Department for all of their efforts to assist with conducting the collegiate conclave competition, educational events and supplying much needed labor for the show.  A shout out also needs to go to the Kentucky Division of Forestry for their support of the Wood Expo by helping with the set-up, tear down and the arena competitions.  The industry is lucky to have such excellent partners to support forestry and the wood industry in Kentucky.
 
In addition to the educational events the lumberjack arena had a full slate of activities between the FFA forestry competition and the Collegiate Conclave.  On Friday afternoon the show hosted the Kentucky Lumberjack Games Invitational competition providing an opportunity for anyone to participate.  We had teams from UK Forestry Club, Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Lexington Fire Department, KFIA Member Aden Troyer was on hand to offer some advice for the competitors.  Congratulations to the Lexington Fire Department who took home first place in the heated competition.
 
 On Saturday the arena was busy with the college student competition with teams competing representing the University of Kentucky and Louisiana Tech University.  After a full day of events including an axe throw, sawing, log rolling and chopping Louisiana Tech University Forestry was declared the winner with the most points and took home the coveted trophy as the champions of the Wood Expo conclave events. 
     
University of Kentucky Forestry Extension offered several educational opportunities to benefit landowners or anyone interested with Forest Health and Invasive Plant Management and Small Scale Logging: cutting and moving logs with ATV’s and tractors.  The popular Critter Tent allowed visitors to handle and gaze upon several nonvenomous, live amphibians and reptiles. The tent features live tarantulas, scorpions, giant roaches and other creatures.  
 
The cutting board program was again a success giving away over 300 cutting boards to those in attendance that were willing to sit through a brief program.  The program explained the value of the wood industry to the state’s economy and then offered an opportunity to route, sand and finish an actual wood product.  All of these activities helped to make the show even bigger and better in Lexington.  
 
Music was provided from S.O.S. a well-seasoned group of musicians who are still in their prime musically came in from Frankfort, KY.  They played classic rock and roll with a little bit of country.  Everyone had a great time. 
  
The Chainsaw Carving Competition continued again this year with 3 carvers competing to design the perfect piece to submit to a live auction on Saturday.  Half of all the money raised at the auction went to the Kentucky Log a Load for Kids program to support the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The piece that raised the most money determined the winner of the competition who was Travis Plucinski, White Hills Carving Co., Seymour, TN whose carving brought the highest bid.  This was Travis’ first competition and he was excited to win first place.  2nd place went to Troy Baker, TB Wooden Creations from Metamora, IN, Troy has been carving with us since 2015, and we appreciate his continued support. Brent Pope, Tree Eater Chainsaw Carving from Kodak, TN was our 3rd carver and made a beautiful piece.  

Mission Statement - To promote a sustainable forest products industry by interacting with and educating the public

2021 Kentucky Wood Expo

2021 Kentucky Wood Expo Show Program (click to view)

KFIA Link - Kentucky Wood Expo Issue

Did you miss the 2021 Kentucky Wood Expo? Check out the “2021 KY Wood Sat” Flickr page that UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment photographer Steve Patton put together by clicking here to see images of the two-day event, including the Timber Sports Competitions. A big thanks to Steve and all those from the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment including many students, faculty, and staff of the UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources for their many contributions to this bi-annual event which promotes Kentucky’s forest industry.

2021 KWE Exhibitors

OUTSIDE KWE EXHIBITORS

BRANDEIS MACHINERY
1801 Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY
Robert_krutsinger@bramco.com
T: 502.493.4235
Products: Brandeis Forestry Machinery

E Z BOARDWALK
8218 Shelby 366, Emden, MO
ezboardwalk@pcfreemail.com
T: 660.415.7800
Products: portable band sawmill

ECHO INC./MIDWEST EQUIPMENT  
2039 Hwy 1073, Harned, KY
toma@mweco.com
T: 812.455.4073
Products: Echo Power equipment, Bearcat Chippers

HUD-SON FOREST EQUIPMENT /
DAVE’S SAWMILL SALES
8201 State Route 12, Barneveld, NY
eric@hud-son.com
T: 315.896-4316
Products: Hud-Son portable sawmill

HURDLE MACHINE WORKS INC.
16195 Hwy 57, Moscow, TN
nichole@hurdlemachineworks.com       
T: 901.877.6251
Products: sawmill carriage, setworks, log turner

INDUSTRIAL FASTENER & SUPPLY
210 Browning Road, Somerset, KY
justin@indfassupply.com
T: 606.677.9229
Products: air tools, bandsaw blades, nails

MEADE TRACTOR
1797 Lexington Road, Georgetown, KY
leonard.new@meadetractor.com
T: 859.623.2030
Products: John Deere Equipment

BILL MORGAN TIRE COMPANY
873 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY
T: 859.575.4201
wfmorgan@bbmorgantires.com
Products: Tires

NYLE DRY KILNS
12 Stevens Road, Brewer, ME
jpitts@nyle.com
T: 800/777-6953
Products: Dry Kilns

MAIL POUCH EQUIPMENT
6141 State Route 125
Georgetown, OH 45121
T: 937/515-1193
Products: Quality Craft Tools

PATTERSON CHIP CO.
PO Box 657, Barbourville, KY
pattersonchipco@earthlink.net
T: 606.523.9480
Products: Barko equipment, Pitts trailers, logging supplies

PINNACLE TRAILERS SALES, INC. 
5510 US Hwy 421 N, Wilmington, NC
sales@pinnacletrailers.com
T: 910.342.0445
Products: chip trailers

PRECISION HUSKY
PO Drawer 57, Leeds, AL
mikew@precisionhusky.com
T: 205.640.5181
Products: chippers, grinders, loaders, sawmill equipment, chip mill

PRECISION PRODUCTS
1420 Hugh Ave, Louisville, KY
eric@yourprecision.com
Products: GPS, Drones and Laser Range Finders

RICER EQUIPMENT, INC.
49 Good Manor Road, Lucasville, OH
info@ricerequipment.com
T: 740.289.4318
Products: Tigercat & Prentice Forestry equipment

RUDD EQUIPMENT CO.
728 W. Cumberland Gap Pkwy, Corbin, KY
dballou@ruddequipment.com
T: 606.528.9440
Products:  Rudd equipment

SALSCO INC.
105 School House Road, Cheshire, CT
s.clark@salsco.com
T: 203.271.1682
Products: equipment

SERRA MACHINE GmbH
1035 Parkway Drive, Bldg. 10, Springhill, TN
jason@wintersteiger.com
T: 801.550.4878
Products: portable sawmill

VOICE DIRECTED TALLY SYSTEMS INC.
62 Old Madoc Road, Foxboro Ontario Canada
dave@vdts.ca
T: 613.767.9630
Products: tally system scanners

WILSON EQUIPMENT
PO Box 11520, Lexington, KY
wrodes@wilsonequipment.com
T: 859.422.9033
Products: Equipment

YUTZYBAR LLC
9548 Hwy 52 W, Westmoreland, TN
allen@yutzybar.net
T: 615.965.4060
Products: Skid/Wheel loader accessories

 

INSIDE EXHIBITORS

AMERICAN LUMBER & PALLET
PO Box 1136, Fayetteville, TN
shawn@amlumber.com
T: 800/992-3432
Products: trade magazine

BLACK ROCK AUTO PARTS
1309 W Lexington Ave, Ste. 3, Winchester, KY 40391
jr@blackrockbattery.com
T: 859.901.1001
Products: batteries, LED lighting, auto parts & accessories

EMPLOYER’S UNDERWRITERS, LLC
PO Box 290423, Nashville, TN
jnabors@euinsurance.net
T: 615.553.4928
Products: Insurance

GLASSCOCK LOG & LUMBER INC.
2870 Springfield Road, Bloomfield, KY
lumber@glasscocklumber.com
T: 502.252.9408
Products: lumber sales

HARDWOOD MARKET REPORT
780 Ridge Lake, Blvd, Ste. 102, Memphis, TN
david@hmr.com
T: 901/767-9126
Products: trade magazine

HATTON-BROWN PUBLISHERS
PO Box 2268, Montgomery, AL
dianne@gattonbrown.com
T: 334/834-1170
Products: trade magazine

HONEYVILLE METAL, INC.
4200 S 900 W, Topeka, IN
johnb@honeyvillemetal.com
T: 260.593.2266
Products: Dust collection

HURST BOILER
100 Boilermaker Lane, Coolidge, GA      
jhurst@hurstboiler.com
T: 229.346.3545
Products: boiler

ISK BIOCIDES, INC.
416 East Brooks Road, Memphis, TN
popem@iskbiocides.com
T: 859.512.8214
Products: end wax and Sapstain control

KENTUCKY CHAPTER AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION
1204 Country Heights Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY
rexbmann@gmail.com
T: 859.771-3477
Products: Education

KY DIV. OF FORESTRY
300 Sower Blvd, Frankfort, KY
steve.kull@ky.gov
T: 502.782.7167
Products: Education

KY TREE FARM
106 Progress Drive, Frankfort, KY
info@kytreefarm.com
T: 502.695.3979
Products: Education

KY WOODLAND OWNERS ASSN.
PO Box 694, Maysville, KY
www.kwoa.net
Products: Association

LUMBERMENONLINE
2508 Pillow Drive, Columbia, TN
triciah@lumbermenonline.com
T: 931.381.1638
Products: trade magazine

LUMBERMENS MAGAZINE
PO Box 1916, Columbia, TN
morris@lumbermensco.com
T: 888.401.6367
Products: trade magazine

MCGREGOR PACKAGING CORPORATION
PO Box 7552, Tifton, GA
hkea@mcpackage.com
T: 229.386.2053
Products: packaging supplies

MENOMINEE SAW & SUPPLY
PO Box 515, Menominee, MI
john@menomineesaw.com
T: 906.863.2609
Products: sawmill equipment, logging, pallet supplies

MESSERSMITH MANUFACTURING INC.
2612 F Road, Bark River, MI
lnewton@burnchips.com
T: 906.466.9010
Products: Biomass boiler system

NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE
PO Box 34908, Memphis, TN
tammy@millerwoodtradepub.com
T: 901/372-8280
Products: trade magazine

PALLET ENTERPRISE/TIMBERLINE
10244 Timber Ridge Dr., Ashland, VA
scott@palletenterprise.com
T: 800/805-0263
Products: trade magazine

PANTRON AUTOMATION, INC.
109 Hubbard Street, Belmont, NC
wayne@pantron.com
T: 704.825.4965
Products: Electronic sensors, light curtains

PENNSYLVANIA LUMBERMENS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
2005 Market Street, Ste. 1200 Philadelphia, PA
sstenson@plmin.com
T: 2153498.2731
Products: Insurance for wood products & building industry

RONK ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES, INC.
PO BOX 160, Nokomis, IL
mhoffert@ronkelectrical.com
T: 815.343.1445
Products: Electrical supplies

SAWMILL MD
5672 Cherokee Nene Lane, Crestview, FL
Duncan.ferguson@mindspring.com
T: 850.902.2886
Products: fiber saving Debarker head

SCHAEFFER MFG.
622 Carrigan Drive, Danville, KY
kparnold7850@hotmail.com
T: 859.236.9396
Products: specialized lubricants

TELCO SENSORS INC.
1456 Center Park Drive, Charlotte, NC
rlivengood@telcosensors.com
T: 704.905.8227
Products: sensors & light curtains

TIMBER MACHINE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
14555 SW 129th Ave., Tualatin, OR
nickh@timbermachine.com
T: 503.691.0162
Products: edgers, gang and slab chipping machinery

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY FORESTRY EXTENSION
216 T. P. Cooper Building, Lexington, KY
forestry.extension@uky.edu
T: 859.257.7597
Products: education 

WOOD-MIZER LLC
8180 W. 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN
mmoore@woodmizer.com
T: 317.271.1542
Products: portable band sawmill & accessories

Craft Exhibits:

B & B Logging, Falmouth, KY
606.735.2290

Hometown Engraving, Frankfort, KY
502.229.9017

Kentucky Wood, Georgetown, KY
859.494.2350

Chainsaw Carvers:

TB Wooden Creations, Metamora, IN
Troy Baker, 765.338.7557

Tree Eater Chainsaw Carving, Kodak, TN
Brent Pope, 903.376.3815

White Hills Carving Co., Seymour, TN
Travis Plucinski, 203.410.0145

FOOD TRUCK VENDORS:

Double R SmokeHouse, Williamsburg, KY
Beth Rowe, 606.215.6394

Taqueria los nietos, Lexington, KY
Arturo lara, 859.551.6238

Taylor Belle’s, Frankfort, KY
Taylor Cook, 502.229.7522