Timber Harvesting’s May/June issue spotlights southwest Washington’s Jason Hadaller who may be young, but he already has more than a decade of up-and-down logging experience not linked to his family. He has built a solid reputation, setting and maintaining high standards of professionalism and giving hope to younger people who may want to give the challenging career a go. Louisiana’s Jack McFarland embraces technology to cut costs and produce more, and another article discusses how high-tech systems can help boost machine/operator performance and trim costs.
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Timber Harvesting magazine Western Editor Dan Shell visits Hadaller Logging based in Longview, Washington. During an era when logging company owners are growing older, Jason Hadaller is a fresh face in the industry who’s built an impressive track record in less than 10 years of contract logging. “Yeah, I’m definitely a young one,” Hadaller says. “Every meeting I go to I’m the youngest one there—and that gets kinda old,” the 34-year-old says with a laugh. In fact, because of his age and youthful appearance, Hadaller says he’s strived from the beginning to emphasize professionalism and responsibility in his operations. Hadaller brings the energy and zest for logging that his age enjoys, but also an old-school approach to quality and accountability that reflects a conservative management philosophy belying his 34 years.
Timber Harvesting magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson spends some time with McFarland Timber, Inc. based in Winnfield, Louisiana. Unlike so many of his counterparts, logger Jack McFarland, 43, is not intimidated by technology. He first embraced it in 2007 and two years ago added more layers. As a result, he insists his business, McFarland Timber, Inc., Winnfield, La., is more manageable and productive and operates at lower costs. At the same time, thanks to what he calls “reference tools” from two manufacturers, McFarland is able to better control his affairs, even though other business interests and his elected position in the principal Winn Parish governing body keep him from spending full time in the woods. These reference tools, which in reality are technologies offered by John Deere (JD Link) and Genesis Industries (Timber Guide), help McFarland micromanage harvesting operations, enabling him to get a firm grasp on many things difficult to control
As a group, loggers are not particularly attracted to technology. In fact, some are intimidated by it. Yet consider the cell phone. Most loggers would be lost without this tiny but powerful tool. Motivated to maximize the production of each piece of equipment and its driver or operator, the forward thinkers have moved to GPS-GIS systems to get a better handle on their challenging transportation operations and others are slowly embracing sophisticated harvesting hardware and software tools, using them as field management aids—monitoring fuel consumption and other machine functions are examples—and collecting vital data that can measure and/or compare the output of machines and operators. These four manufacturers are featured, describing the systems they offer and their benefits: Caterpillar Product Link, Genesis Industries Timber Guide, Komatsu Maxi Navigator, and John Deere WorkSight Suite
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The following companies responded to a solicitation made by Timber Harvesting magazine to exhibitors participating in Elmia Wood 2013, to be held in Sweden from June 5-8: Bandit Industries, BRUKS, Caterpillar, Ebeaver, ExTe, Gremo AB, Hatton-Brown Publishers, International Chainsaw Collectors, HSP Gripen, Industrias Guerra, Intelweigh (Intermercato), John Deere, Kesla plc, Koller GmbH, Komatsu, Komptech, Logset, Mecanil, MenSe Oy, Mesera Group, Olofsfors (Iggesund Forest), Pentin Paja Oy, Peterson Pacific, Ponsse, Seppi, Tana Oy, Riuttolehto Oy (Tapio), and Tigercat.
Timber Harvesting magazine’s May/June 2013 Questions & Answers column is titled “AOL’s Jim Geisinger: Supporting Loggers Through Association Programs, Services.” Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL) is one of the largest and foremost logging associations in the U.S. in terms of membership, budget, staff, longevity and effectiveness. Longtime industry activist Jim Geisinger, Executive Vice President, has guided the group since 2000. He shares his thoughts on AOL and current issues facing loggers nationwide.
Timber Harvesting magazine’s May/June 2013 Risk Watch column features Cameron C. Taylor, President of the American Society For Asset Protection, as he debunks some popular financial and legal myths. Taylor observes, “There are many financial and legal myths that circulate through society. Believing in these myths may result in serious problems. The late President John F. Kennedy taught, “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” Mark Twain summed it up in his own way: “It isn’t what we don’t know that kills us, it’s everything we know that ain’t so.”
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Timber Harvesting magazine’s May/June 2013 Building Blocks column features Mike Schmidt, Manager of Forestry Tactical Marketing for John Deere Construction & Forestry, discussing tips for effective negotiation. Schmidt states, “When we think of negotiation, we might think of it as something lawyers, politicians and athletes’ agents do. However, being able to negotiate is an important skill in any business situation, and even in everyday life. We spend much of our time negotiating whether we know it or not.”