This event starts Tuesday, March 29 at 08:00:AM and is scheduled to end Thursday, March 31 at 09:00:PM.
KFIA 57th ANNUAL MEETING, Lexington, KY - “A Whole New World”
FRANKFORT, KY - The Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) recently completed a resounding successful 57th Annual Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky at the Embassy Suites on March 29-31, 2022. We had great in person participation with 365 in attendance and 37 exhibitors. The KFIA Annual Meeting serves as the premier event for the hardwood industry in Kentucky.
The meeting got underway on Tuesday, March 29 with the John C. Smith Memorial Golf Scramble where 71 participants weathered a cold, windy spring day on the Houston Oaks Golf Course. In the afternoon the KFIA Board of Directors took care of association business followed by a Welcome Reception with the exhibitors that was held in the evening.
On Wednesday morning Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman welcomed everyone to Lexington Kentucky and discussed what the wood industry does for our state. KFIA President Dan Allard, Domtar Paper Co. LLC, followed with a state legislative and association update by KFIA Executive Director Bob Bauer. Dana Lee Cole with the Hardwood Federation discussed issues in Washington DC, the Covid impact on the timber industry and how the industry is rebounding and the latest update on the Real American Hardwood Promotion. The morning discussions continued with updates on the timber markets, infrastructure funding and the carbon markets.
The opening session was followed by the Kentucky Tree Farm Awards Luncheon with a guest speaker from the Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua program. Edward B. Smith as Adolph Rupp “The Coach”. Mr. Smith provided a look at what it was like to be a coach for the University of Kentucky for 42 years. The luncheon also 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 and the association in Kentucky:
Kenny Smith, Collett & Smith Logging, Roark, KY – 2021 Logger of the Year
Traxler Farms, Phil & Laurie, Vanceburg, KY – 2021 Tree Farmer of the Year
James Baunach, KY Division of Forestry, Campbellsville, KY- 2021 Inspector of the Year
Mark Schuster, Kentucky Master Logger Program, Lexington, KY – 2021
Communicator of the Year
KFIA also recognized the following people for their leadership and service to the KFIA Board of Directors:
Outgoing President – Dan Allard, Domtar Paper Co. LLC, Hawesville, KY Outgoing Vice President – George Crawford, Somerset Wood Products, Somerset, KY
Outgoing Board Member – Bobby Ammerman, UK Dept. of Forestry, Jackson, KY
Outgoing Board Member – Jeff Caldwell, Missouri Walnut, Robbins, TN
Outgoing Board Member – Wayland Partin, Jr. Partin Logging – Pineville, KY
Newly Elected President - George Crawford, Somerset Wood Products, Somerset, KY
Newly Elected Vice President – Tom DeFilippo, H & S Lumber Co., Clay City, KY
Re-elected Directors: Scott Anderson, Tarter Gate Wood Products, Inc. Dunnville, KY
Brian Johnson, Koppers Inc., Bon Aqua, TN
William Perry, Powell Valley Millwork, Clay City, KY
New elected Directors: Ryan Drake, Drake Logging LLC., Central City, KY
Deron Harris, Premium Hardwoods, Inc., Central City, KY
John Reinstetle, UK Robinson Forest, Clayhole, KY
As usual tradition, everyone enjoyed the Robinson Lumber Co. / Houchens Insurance Group Hospitality 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 promotion of forest management opportunities to farmers around the state by the Department. Other speakers discussed shortage of truck drivers and trucks causing major issues and how to better move products. The new Appalachian Hardwood Training Initiative was also discussed as a program to develop opportunities for workers in sawmill and secondary manufacturing industries in Kentucky. The final presenter discussed the National Conservation Plan for the White Oak Initiative and training is now underway for loggers, foresters and landowners to regenerate white oak to meet the needs of all users from the wood industry.
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 the wood 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 2023 Annual Meeting will be in Lexington, Kentucky at the Embassy Suites on March 28-30, 2023.
2022 KFIA ANNUAL MEETING SPONSORS
“A Whole New World” - March 29-31, 2022
A & Y Enterprises American Woodmark
Brewco Inc. Courtney Timber Harvesting
D & M Forestry Diamond Forest Resources
Farrow Lumber Co. C.B. Goodman & Sons Lumber
Graf & Thomas Lumber Co. H & S Lumber Co. Inc.
Jarvis Insurance Agency, Inc. Koppers Inc.
Ladd Forest Consulting Lebanon Oak Flooring Co.
Little River Lumber Co. McCoy Construction & Forestry
McCreary County Hardwoods Missouri Walnut
Precision Products Quality Pallet Co. LLC.
Smith Creek, Inc.
Welcome Reception Sponsors
BOYD CAT Eagle Lumber Co. LLC
Green River Post Co. LLC Koetter Woodworking, Inc.
Maxwell Brothers Lumber Midwest Hardwood Corp.
J.W. Perry Lumber LLC Pixelle Specialty Solutions
Powell Valley Millwork Rudd Equipment Co.
Wilson Equipment Co. Young Mfg. Co. Inc.
Exhibitor Reception Sponsors
Corley Manufacturing Domtar Paper Co. LLC
Fannin’s Sawmill Inc. Stella-Jones Corporation
Lewis Lumber & Milling, Inc. Sisler Lumber Company
Stephens Hardwood LLC. Tarter Gate Wood Products, Inc.
Harold White Lumber, Inc.
General Sessions & Awards Luncheon Sponsors
Roy Anderson Lumber Co. Inc. BPM Lumber LLC.
Dunaway Timber Co. GreenTree Forest Products
Hart County Hardwoods LLC Houchens Insurance Group
KY Tree Farm Committee Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance