Charleston, S.C. - The Forest Resources Association and STIHL, Inc., honored Hasbargen Logging, Inc., from Birchdale, Minnesota as the National Outstanding Logger at FRA’s annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina on May 3. FRA Chairman Bill Johnson presented Kit Hasbargen with a wooden plaque, while STIHL’s Kent Hall presented Hasbargen Logging with a $1,000 check. Hasbargen Logging was one of six regional finalists for the prestigious national award.
On stage to receive the award were Kit Hasbargen, Clarence Hasbargen, Al Hasbargen, Derek Cook and Zach Hasbargen. Upon receiving the award, Kit expressed his sincere appreciation to FRA and STIHL. Kit related how sad he was that his father Alvin, who founded Hasbargen Logging, did not live long enough to receive the award that resulted from the work ethic and values he instilled in all his family members. The Hasbargens requested the cash award be donated to the Log a Load for Kids fund to benefit Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In April 2016, Hasbargen Logging was named Minnesota’s Logger of the Year by the Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Committee. Later that same month, the UMD Center for Economic Development named Hasbargen Logging a recipient of a Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Award. In September 2016, Kit Hasbargen was named FRA’s 2016 Lake States Region Outstanding Logger. All these awards cited Hasbargen Logging’s professionalism and community involvement as important factors.
The fifth generation of Hasbargens have now started helping in the office, a sign that the family business launched by Alvin in 1943 will continue the family tradition of excellence resulting from a strong work ethic and family values.
FRA’s Outstanding Logger Award program is designed to raise the visibility of professional logging contractors and to encourage other loggers to adopt the performance of the award winners. The regional award winner becomes a nominee for FRA’s National Outstanding Logger recognition.