Woods to Mill

There has been plenty of talk in our industry about the need to improve the safety performance and insurability of the drivers and the companies who haul forest products from the woods and woodyards.
In 1883, Frank and Otis Robbins opened a mill on Maine’s St. George River. More than 130 years later, the Robbins family still operates a sawmill near that site. The white pine mill, which saws 29 MMBF, employs 110 people in a rural area of coastal Maine.
Last month, FRA’s Western Region and the Montana Wood Products Association (MWPA) collaborated in Whitefish, Montana to host a joint fall meeting.
Earlier this month, we hosted members from across the country for FRA’s Fly-In and Fall Board meeting.  We met with 86 different Congressional offices as advocates of the forest products supply chain and have received great feedback.
Last week, several of my colleagues and I traveled to Washington DC to participate in the Forest Resources Association's Fall Board Meeting and Fly-In.
Workforce development is a top priority for the forest products industry as well as for many other industries. Primary education focuses on preparing students for higher education but often fails to address...
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