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Timber Talk 8/1/2016

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, August 1, 2016
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OWIN Summer Meeting Review
The Ohio Wood Industry Network (OWIN) Annual Summer Meeting was held in the Chillicothe, Ohio area on July 20 and 21, 2016.

Wednesday, July 20 kicked off with business meetings of the OFA Executive Committee, OFA Board of Trustees, and the Logging Standards Council.

After a break for lunch, everyone departed for the afternoon tours at Sherwood Forest Products in Waverly, and Speyside Bourbon Cooperage in Jackson. At Sherwood Forest Products the 90+ attendees had the opportunity to see white oak logs being turned into staves for bourbon barrels. We then moved on to Speyside Bourbon Cooperage where we got to see how those barrel staves are turned into individual bourbon barrels, charred and ready to be shipped to the distillery. Many folks commented on how interesting it was to be able to follow a process from the log to the finished product in an afternoon tour.

Wednesday was capped off with an industry reception back at the Christopher Conference Center in Chillicothe.

Thursday’s activities included a golf outing at Dogwood Hills Country Club outside Waverly and a Trap Shoot at nearby Pike County Coon Hunters Association shooting club. There were approximately 50 golfers and 30 shooters that attending these activities.

The OWIN Summer Meeting activities concluded with a reception and dinner at the Stillwater Event Center (old Mead Foremen’s Club).

It appeared that everyone had a good time, and I would like to thank all the venues that helped make the meetings and events run very smoothly. This includes:

  • The Quality Inn and Christopher Conference Center of Chillicothe
  • Sherwood Forest Products
  • Speyside Bourbon Cooperage
  • Cardinal Transportation LTD
  • Dogwood Hills Country Club
  • Pike County Coon Hunters Association
  • Stillwater Events Center

I would want to say a special thank you to the sponsors of our OWIN Summer Meeting. These sponsors help make our events the successes that they are. This year’s event sponsors included:

A & M Dry Kiln LTD
American Lumber Company
Berlin Lumber, LLC
Brown Forest Products
Buckeye Resources, Inc.
Butler Wood Products
Columbus Equipment Co.
Crownover Lumber Co.
Doll Lumber Co., Inc.
Glatfelter Woodlands
Haessly Hardwood Lumber Co.
Hummel Group, Inc.
Interforest Lumber
Mullican Flooring
Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co.
Northwest Hardwoods
Ohio Valley Veneer, Inc.
Ray H. Miller Logging dba McKay Hardwoods
Rudd Equipment Co.
Southern Loggers Cooperative
Superior Hardwoods of Ohio, Inc.
Troyer Hardwood LLC
Yoder Lumber Company, Inc.

Last, but definitely not least, I want to thank the dedicated OFA staff for continually pulling off these events without a hitch. Thanks John Dorka and Gayla Fleming!

Opportunity to Exhibit at North American Wholesale Lumber Association Traders Market
The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) will be exhibiting at the North American Wholesale Lumber Association’s 2016 Traders Market in Las Vegas on October 27th & 28th. The APEG booth will be promoting Ohio’s Wood Products Manufacturing sector and the opportunities for national and international wholesalers and distributors to source a broad range of forest products from Ohio. As part of this promotional outreach on behalf of Ohio Producers & Manufacturers, APEG would like to share their convention presence and will provide funding assistance to two firms interested in attending and supporting our sector. For more information, you can review the convention at , click Events, click Traders Market. For more information concerning APEG funding for attendance, please contact Craig Rosenlund at

5th Annual "Heating the Midwest” Conference & Expo - Registration is open for the 5th annual Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo to be held from October 11th-13th, 2016 near Escanaba, Michigan. Keynote speakers will include regional and national leaders in biomass energy. The annual conference and expo brings together a diverse group of biomass industry leaders as well as representatives from universities, tribes and government agencies. For additional information, and to register, visit:
Forest Farming Native Medicinal Plants Workshop
Rural Action sends us the following information about one of their upcoming Sustainable Ag & Forestry workshops for woodland owners on Forest Farming Native Medicinal Plants.

September 23-25, Rural Action will be sponsoring a two-day intensive training workshop for woodland owners in partnership with the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer's Coalition, at the United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio, home to hundreds of native medicinal plants growing in abundance. Participants will learn about a variety of commercially valuable plant species, including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and ramps - in both indoor and outdoor classroom settings.

Registration is open to anyone interested in beginning, maintaining, or expanding a forest farming operation, however, capacity is limited to 50 participants, so register soon!

The goal of this workshop is to train beginning forest farmers, though the information presented at this event will be useful to both novices, experienced practitioners, and anyone planning a future forest farming enterprise. Participants will spend time in both indoor and outdoor classrooms, so be sure to come prepared! Contact Karam Sheban at 740.677.4047 with any questions about the event.

Recent Job Postings
There have been a couple very recent job postings on the OFA website. One is for an Equipment Operator at North American Veneer in Granville, Ohio. The other is for a Lumber Grader for Northwest Hardwoods in Lewiston, MI. See information on these openings at, click on membership, then career center.

Upcoming Lumber Grading Courses
  • August 22-25, 2016 at Yoder Lumber Company, 7100 CR 407, Millersburg, Ohio 44654.
  • September 19-22, 2016 at the OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661.
  • September 23, 2016 - Walnut Grading Only at the OSU South ZCenters, 1864 Shyville Rd, Piketon, OH 45661

For more information and to register for any of these courses visit, click events, then Lumber Grading Courses.

Other Upcoming Events:
  • NWOLC Meeting – 6:00 PM, Tuesday, August 2, 2016
  • ECOFA Meeting - 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at the Dover Library, 525 North Walnut Street, Dover, Ohio.
  • SEOLC Meeting – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – Shawn Sexton’s Lodge, Jackson, Ohio
  • C-SAW Level 1 Class – 8:00 AM, Friday, August 19, 2016 – Blue Rock State Forest – visit the following link to register:
  • MVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – F.O.E, McConnelsville, Ohio

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