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Daniel J. Dructor
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John Deere Rolls Out ‘Green Carpet’ for ALC Summer Board Meeting

Ever since John Deere fashioned a revolutionary plow from a broken sawmill blade in 1837, his company has delivered products and services to support those linked to the land. That’s why the company rolled out the “green carpet” to host 54 loggers, spouses and staff for the 2018 American Loggers Council summer board meeting July 19-21 in Moline, Ill.


ALC members learned about the John Deere’s rich forestry history on July 19 with a reception and tour of the company’s World Headquarters in Moline, featuring CEO Sam Allen and other members of corporate leadership. The next day, members toured the company’s Davenport Works and walked the same assembly line where John Deere’s L-Series skidders are manufactured.


The company also provided a tour of its Parts Distribution Center, a 2.65-million-square-foot facility that is one of the largest working warehouses in North America. With 61 acres under-roof, and at one half of a mile wide, the massive building stocks more than 900,000 unique parts. ALC members learned of the incredible logistics required to ensure the needs of John Deere dealers and customers are typically met within 24 hours.


On June 20, ALC members were invited to personally test a full range of John Deere forestry equipment at the company’s unique demo site in Coal Valley, Ill, including the company’s latest skidder, bunchers, loaders, forwarders and swing machines. Loggers also received a demonstration of the company’s cutting-edge technology, including its fully integrated TimberNavi mapping solution that provides operators maximum visibility to the land they’re harvesting, helping them to be more efficient and productive in the woods.


Later that evening, John Deere hosted special dinner for ALC at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., site of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.


As a sponsor, John Deere has long supported ALC and has served as an essential partner for protecting and growing the logging industry, promoting logger safety and productivity, and advocating on policy issues that are important to logging businesses. ALC thanks John Deere for hosting the summer board meeting, and especially recognize Brandon O’Neal, Product Marketing Manager, and Faith Mowery, Coordinator Group Tours, Guest Services, for making the meetings and tours both fun and informative.


ALC held its board meeting on July 21 as the council continues to grow as the national voice for professional timber harvesters. Joining the board as a voting member is Southern Loggers Cooperative, which gives loggers and others in natural resource industries access to affordable fuel. The board also voted to further support the American Master Logger Certification and TEAM Safe Trucking programs, which promotes training, safety and recruitment in logging and log trucking.


To further enhance ALC’s policy work in the nation’s capital, the board authorized the council to retain a lobbyist in Washington DC to promote its policy initiatives. They also discussed a recent ALC on-line survey, where loggers overwhelmingly voted to encourage the council to pursue policies that would align timber harvesting and logging activities with agriculture, in order to receive the same benefits and exceptions that agriculture receives under federal law.


ALC will continue to grow, thanks to sponsors such as John Deere as well as to the dedication and hard work of its board and members. We are loggers working for loggers, and ALC is well-positioned to strengthen and protect America’s logging industry for years to come.