Woods to Mill

Last month, FRA President Deb Hawkinson was joined by Tonya Muse, Partner in the U.S. Corporate and Government Affairs Practice at Odgers Berndtson, a global executive search firm, to discuss how to retain and develop your workforce.
One of the great benefits of the Forest Resources Association is the opportunity to learn from others in the industry and take this information back to your organization.
A British voice sounds off the names of trees. Among them are “the larch, the fir, the mighty scots pine, the smell of fresh cut timber, the crash of mighty trees,” followed by the musical lyrics of Monty Python’s “Lumberjack Song.”
Marie Price (Director of Training and Development, Idaho Forest Group); Brenda Myers (State Director/MS, DOL Apprenticeship Division); and Dale Lemmons (President, Signature Transport) talked about their experiences with the Registered Apprenticeship Program, the program’s benefits, and ways that companies can get involved at the state and federal levels.
We all understand or are aware of just how dangerous logging is as a profession. It is no job for the faint of heart. It is more than just a risky profession; it is the most dangerous occupation in the United States! In the mid to late 1980s, Ohio saw a 43% increase in accidents within their wood products industry, and everyone was asking the question, “what could be done and how to do it?”
Finding employees is a challenge for every part of the forest industry supply chain. Locating loggers, truckers, and workers for mills is increasingly difficult. When I talk to members about their greatest challenges, “workforce” is almost always at the top of the list.
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