This event starts Tuesday, March 29 at 08:00:AM and is scheduled to end Thursday, March 31 at 09:00:PM.
We recently completed a resounding successful 56th Annual Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky at the Embassy Suites on April 6, 7 & 8. Under the current Covid -19 restrictions we had a great meeting with 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 on Tuesday, April 6 with the John C. Smith Memorial Golf Scramble where 65 participants enjoying a beautiful spring day on the University Club of Kentucky Golf Course, while the KFIA Board of Directors took care of association business followed by a Welcome Reception that was held in the evening.
On Wednesday morning KFIA President Dan Allard, Domtar Paper Co. LLC, opened the session followed with a legislative and association update by KFIA Executive Director Bob Bauer which included an update from Dana Lee Cole, Hardwood Federation on issues in Washington DC and the Covid impact on the timber industry. The morning finished up with a discussion by Dana Cole, Tom Inman, President of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) and Jim Maltese, Stella Jones Corporation, 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 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 big success throughout the state. The following people were recognized for their contributions to forestry in Kentucky:
New elected Directors: 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 great 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.
Thursday morning opened with Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles highlighting the partnerships that are being developed with the wood products industry and also announcing 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 concerning the need for funding for infrastructure by Mike Hancock, Deputy Secretary for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The ever popular issue of the labor force and lack thereof was heavily discussed by Michael Cornett and Trish Adams from the East Kentucky Concentrated Employer Program, Inc. providing resources and ideas to help retain good employees and recruiting 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 providing opportunities for assistance to help businesses survive and flourish.
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 our industry. 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 2022 Annual Meeting will be in Lexington, KY at the Embassy Suites on March 29-31.
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