2017 Annual Meeting
The 2017 Annual Meeting was held March 1-2, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio. The title of the meeting was "A Year of Opportunities". The meeting was well attended with a total of 175 attendees over the 2-day event.
The meeting kicked off with an attendee luncheon sponsored by Ohio Valley Veneer and Tiverton Timber.
The tour this year consisted of stops at Franklin International and The OSU Thompson Library. The tours were attended by 62 industry professionals.The tour buses were sponsored by Superior Hardwoods of Ohio.
The first tour stop on Wednesday afternoon was at Franklin International, a family owned company that produces a wide assortment of glues and polymers, specializing in wood glues. These glues are used by everyone from the hobbyist, to the large commercial furniture manufacturers. The tour started with an overview of the company, its products, and its people-based culture. Tour guides then split our large assembly into small groups and took these groups to several locations throughout the industrial facility. These locations included manufacturing areas where wood flour supplied by an OFA member company is added to some glues, to the bottling lines where the finished products are bottled, labeled, and packed for shipping. In between were labs where the products are researched and produced, as well as labs used for testing the various wood products that the glues are used in. At the end of this very interesting tour, everyone was sent home with a bottle of Titebond Wood Glue.
The second tour stop of the day was the OSU Thompson Library, where locally harvested and manufactured White Oak lumber was used in an extensive renovation that was completed in 2009. OSU, OFA, Ohio Division of Forestry and others collaborated to produce a remarkable exhibit there detailing not only the story of the wood used in the renovation, but also its ties to the history of the beginning of the Division of Forestry in Ohio and the State Forest system where this wood eventually came from. Again, the larger group was split into 3 more manageable groups, which took turns viewing 3 different areas of the library. One area, the aforementioned exhibit, was manned by Mark Ervin. A tour of three specific rooms on the 2nd floor, and the beautiful woodwork in them, was conducted by John Dorka and Florian Diekman. The 3rd stop was on the 11th floor, where Adam Conway passionately talked to everyone about the entire, remarkable process that led to this renovation and exhibit.
The first day wrapped up with a reception at the Embassy Suites sponsored by Yoder Lumber, where attendees enjoyed food and beverages and some time to network and visit with our exhibitors.
Day 2 kicked off with a continental breakfast sponsored by Berlin Lumber and Hillcrest Lumber. There was a brief meeting of the Christian Lumbermen's Group before the sessions. Our speakers for the day are listed below along with links to their presentations if they have been made available to us.
The Awards Luncheon, sponsored by The Hummel Group and Murphy Tractor and Equipment kicked off with introduction of the new OFA President, Mr. Stanley Swierz of Stanley D. Swierz Consulting Forestry, Inc. of Columbus. Outgoing President Jeff Hoselton of Glatfelter was presented with an Ohio shaped clock as a token of thanks for his ten years of service to the OFA Board and Members. Logger of the Year, Tree Farmer of the Year and OFA's Conservation Awards were then presented. The 2017 Logger of the Year award was presented to Todd Lendon of M&H Logging from Mt. Eaton, Ohio. Todd, his wife Vicky, his cutter Paul Hershberger and Paul's wife Neva were presented with a gold plated ax plaque. The award was provided by Ames True Temper. Following the Logger of the Year award, the following OFA industry awards were presented: Jeff Hoselton was awarded the Outstanding Individual in Industry Award, Joe Puperi of the ODNR-Division of Forestry was awarded the Outstanding Individual in Government Service Award, Kathy Smith of OSU was awarded the Outstanding Individual in Conservation Education Award, David Coil from The Hummel Group was awarded the Outstanding Logger Activist Award, Koral Clum of Clum Forestry Consultants, was awarded the Outstanding Individual in Private Service Award, and Stone Container was the winner of the Ohio Forestry Hall of Fame Award. The final award of the day was the Tree Farmer of the Year which was awarded to Randy and Koral Clum and Hepatica Falls Tree Farm. Dan Castellucci from Frontier Woodland Services, LLC was named the Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. Congratulations to all of the award winners!
After lunch the sessions continued and the day was wrapped up with the President's Reception sponsored by Berlin Lumber and the Southern Loggers Cooperative.
Thank you to our exhibitors: LITS, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company, Ohio Association of Consulting Foresters, ODNR - Division of Forestry, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ricer Equipment Company, Rudd Equipment Company and Vermeer Heartland. And to our sponsors: Berlin Lumber, Glatfelter, Hillcrest Lumber, The Hummel Group, Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company, Northwest Hardwoods, Ohio Valley Veneer, Southern Loggers Cooperative, Superior Hardwoods of Ohio, Tiverton Timber and Yoder Lumber.