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SelectCuts 51 ➤ tral Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria. Apprentices receive full compensation and benefits during training. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the skills necessary to achieve a commercial driver’s license and become a certified timber harvesting equipment operator. Graduates will then begin working for Perforex Forest Services on a full-time basis. Based in Woodworth, Perforex Forest Services joined the RoyOMartin family of companies in 2012.

SWPA Honors Early Leader, Names Loggers Of The Year Southeastern Wood Producers Assn., which serves members in Georgia and Florida, marked its 25th anniversary at its annual meeting in early June, honoring an early organizer-leader and recognizing respective loggers of the year from Georgia and Florida. Gathering at the World Golf Village at St. Augustine, Fla., SWPA presented its Long Haul Award to former Florida

logger Clyde Barber for his vision and tireless work in setting up the association’s framework in 1990. Not given each year, the Long Haul Award “recognizes the highest level of appreciation for those who have had a significant impact in furthering the SWPA mission for loggers,” according to SWPA Executive Director Tommy Carroll. Owned by Rodney Schwab and Gary Brett since 1995, M.A. Rigoni, Inc., was singled out as the Florida Logger of the Year. With 41 employees, the 55-year-old Perry-based company operates on the principles of “whatever is true, honorable, and right.” Its three chipping crews and six contract logging crews produce about 600 loads a week. Triple J Logging was named the Georgia Logger of the Year. Based in Summerville, the company was established in 2001 by James, Jason and Josh Dawson, who have since welcomed Jamye Dawson into the fold. Employing more than 40, the company emphasizes safety and participates in local forestry awareness events. It keeps three log-

Logger Billy Brady Eulogized July 19 Billy Ray Brady, 69, owner of Circle Lane Contractors, Shubuta, Miss., was eulogized July 19 at Shubuta Baptist Church. The logging businessman died July 16 after a brief illness. A third generation logger, Brady’s logging career spanned 48 years. He cofounded Brady Brothers Timber Co. with his brother, Tommy, in 1967. They also operated a sawmill at Shubuta for more than a decade. In early 2001 the brothers opted to dissolve their business, with Billy Ray founding Circle Lane Contractors that year. The company had operated two crews since 2005.

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October 2-4—Ohio Forestry Assn. Paul Bunyan Show, Guernsey County Fairgrounds, Cambridge, Ohio. Call 614497-9580; visit ohioforest.org. October 6-8—Arkansas Forestry Assn. annual meeting, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Ark. Call 501-374-2441; visit arkforests.org. October 7-9—North Carolina Forestry Assn. annual meeting, Marriot Resort Spa at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC. Call 800-231-7723; visit ncforestry.org. October 7-9—National Hardwood Lumber Assn. Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase, Omni Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. Call 901-377-1818; visit nhla.com. October 21-23—Alaska Forest Association annual meeting, Best Western Landing, Ketchikan, Alaska. Call 907225-6114; visit akforest.org. October 20-22—Mississippi Forestry Assn. annual meeting, The Mill Conference Center, Starkville, Miss. Call 601-354-4936; visit msforestry.net. November 8-11—Pacific Logging Congress annual convention, Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, Waikoloa, Hawaii. Call 425-413-2808; visit pacificloggingcongress.org. 54

ging-chipping crews busy and has two logging organizations under contract. Guest speaker at the concluding banquet was Kevin Thieneman, President of Caterpillar Forest Products, who touched on today’s high tech logging equipment and applauded the recent passage of federal trans-Pacific trade legislation.

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