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Caterpillar Forest Products Hosts American Loggers Council Summer Board Meeting

The American Loggers Council (ALC) recently held its Summer Board of Directors Meeting in Opelika, Alabama on July 27 – 29. Caterpillar Forest Products volunteered to host the event and those that were attendance were treated to events at both the CAT Training Center located near Opelika, AL and the Caterpillar Forestry Headquarters in LaGrange, Georgia.

alc_summer17ALC members arrived on Thursday afternoon and attended a welcome reception and dinner at the Training Center and were greeted by Caterpillar Forest Products President, Anthony Fassino, Product/Marketing Manager Tino Bernal, and Marketing Coordinator/Event Planner Phyllis Pearce and all of the CAT training center personnel who were present.

Friday morning was spent touring the manufacturing facilities in LaGrange, Georgia, followed by Q&A with CAT President Fassino, Product Manager Kolin Kirschenmann, and Product Support Manager Gordon Whitehead The group walked through the assembly lines with the Product Manager and engineers who answered questions about the manufacturing processes and engineering of the machines.

On Friday afternoon, ALC members were taken to a demonstration site near Auburn University where they were able to see first-hand the capabilities of Caterpillar’s rubber tired feller bunchers, skidders and trailer mounted loaders with pull through delimber options. There was plenty of time available for more Q&A upon returning to the Training Center for another CAT hosted reception and dinner.

On Saturday, The ALC Board members met again at the Training Center to discuss business and issues of the Council as well as the proposed Master Logger Certification proposal introduced by the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine and the Trust to Conserve the Northeast Forests. The Board adopted the proposal and roll out is scheduled to take place in early January, 2018.

The Board also adopted a resolution that recommends that the Border Wall between the United States and Mexico that President Trump continues to push be constructed of wood, specifically cross laminated timber derived from federal timber sales in communities that are dependent upon the federal timber sale program.

A $2,000 donation to the Earl St. John (first President of the ALC) Memorial Tree project at the UP Fairgrounds in Old Steam Village was also approved.

Other items on the agenda included reports from the Legislative Committee, Communications Committee, Membership Committee and the Nominations Committee

ALC President Ken Martin thanked the members of Caterpillar for not only hosting the meeting, but also for their hospitality throughout the two day event. “Caterpillar was an excellent host and provided a great venue for our meeting. We not only appreciate their sponsorship and financial support for the American Loggers Council, but the opportunity to get to know them and their leadership better and to build on our relationship with their organization.”