Point Clear, AL – The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored Read Logging, Inc. of Warren, Texas, as FRA’s Southcentral Region 2019 Outstanding Logger at its Southcentral Region (SCR) Awards Dinner in Point Clear, Alabama on March 6.
Brothers Billie and Wade Read are fifth-generation loggers, with additional family members working in the Read Logging business.
Below is a sampling of Read Logging attributes that make them outstanding:
- Excellent safety and equipment maintenance program. They contract with a safety compliance officer who has developed standard operating procedures for all the equipment they use. All equipment pieces are equipped with CB radios so that everyone can be in contact with one another at all times. All their trucks also have CB radios.
- They have a very low Workers Compensation Insurance Experience Modification factor, reflecting an excellent safety record.
- Two of Read Logging’s truck drivers are certified brake technicians. The company has successfully passed two DOT audits within the past couple of years. All log trucks have on-board scales with flashing yellow lights on the rear of the trailers.
- Very loyal employees; 80 percent of their employees have worked for the Reads for 15 to 20 years or more, and some father-and-son pairs (besides the Read family members) work in the operation; good bonus program for employees and a profit-sharing program with their truck drivers.
- Read Logging administers a detailed training program for any new hires, where an experienced operator spends a lot of time with the newcomers.
- Community and association involvement: Both of the Read brothers serve on their respective county school boards and their county fair boards. Billie serves on his local hospital board, too. Both of them teach Sunday school, and Wade has been active with his church’s youth group. They are heavily involved with the Future Farmers of America program, and in fact have a scholarship program (Ben Read Memorial Scholarship) for $5,000 that is awarded every year to the top FFA student in their local school district.
- Billie Read served on the task group that was successful in achieving legislation for a higher per-axle weight variance permit for log trucks in Texas. He also served on an equipment company’s advisory board to provide guidance in the development of a log loader.
- Industry folks in the region can pick out a finished Read Logging thinning job because of how good it looks. Some landowners will let only the Reads cut on their property.
At the March 6 Awards Dinner, FRA’s SCR Chairman David Cupp presented Billie and Wade with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque, a STIHL MS 462 chain saw gift certificate, and $250 check from STIHL. Upon accepting the award, Billie Read credited his parents/family and co-workers and Read Logging’s long-term relationship with Louisiana-Pacific as contributing to the company’s success.
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.
The Forest Resources Association Inc. is a nonprofit trade association concerned with the safe, efficient, and sustainable harvest of forest products and their transport from woods to mill. FRA represents wood consumers, independent logging contractors, and wood dealers, as well as businesses providing products and services to the forest resource-based industries.
STIHL Incorporated serves as the sponsor of FRA’s Regional and National Outstanding Logger Awards.
Photo: Read Logging, Inc., winner of FRA’s 2019 Southcentral Region (SCR) Outstanding Logger Award.
Left to right: David Cupp (FRA SCR Chairman), Wade & Stacy Read, Cherie Read (Billie & Wade’s mother, holding plaque), Billie & Stephanie Read.
RELEASE: March 21, 2019
CONTACT: Rick Meyer (540-989-4171; [email protected])