President Dave Cupp's message, comparative budgets, 2015 LFA Board list, highlights from 2014, news including emerald ash borer, billboards, Kisatchie quarter and Martco's planned OSB mill.
Message from David Cupp, 2014-2015 LFA President
Leadership and Relevance are two challenges to the LFA and our members for 2015. Workforce development is identified as the major drag on growth for our mills, loggers, truckers and foresters. Recently how many times have we heard “if we just could find some skilled millwrights, or a qualified truck driver or shear operator or procurement forester or forester – we could grow our business.” With new pellet mill capacity coming on line in 2015 and existing mills expanding to meet market demands having a skilled professional workforce in all areas of the supply chain is essential to support growth.
LFA must continue to lead and support workforce training efforts like the logger driven THEO (Timber Harvest Operator Training Class), support our technical colleges and universities to provide skilled millwrights, engineers and foresters to fill industry jobs. Our Logging Council and Manufacturing Council are taking the lead in supporting workforce development in our state...
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