Southern Loggin’ Times magazine’s March 2017 issue features Pikeville, North Carolina’s Leach’s Timber Thinning and KR Leach Trucking, LLC, Whatley, Alabama’s Mike Gates Trucking, Inc., and Georgetown, Tennessee’s Triple C Fiber. In the inaugural ‘Where Are They Now?’ column, SLT revisits Gordo, Alabama’s Posey Logging. Other articles cover the latest industry news and upcoming events.
In the March 2017 edition of Southern Stumpin’, Southern Loggin’ Times magazine Managing Editor David Abbott talks with South Carolina Timber Producers Association President and CEO Crad Jaynes. Abbott writes, “A few weeks ago I made plans with Crad Jaynes, the charismatic and energetic President/CEO of the South Carolina Timber Producers Assn., to make him the subject of this month’s Southern Stumpin’. I would interview him by phone a few days after the end of his organization’s annual meeting. He’d have been too busy for the conversation until then, and I thought it would be good timing, just before we got to work on this issue. But, when the scheduled day arrived, Crad had come down with a nasty case of the flu. We postponed the interview until early the following week.”
Southern Loggin’ Time magazine Associate Editor Jay Donnell travels to Pikeville, North Carolina to visit Leach’s Timber Thinning (LTT) and KR Leach Trucking, LLC (KRL). It’s no secret that owning a logging business along with a trucking business can create quite a headache for many logging companies. While some loggers contract their trucking out, there are still many who own their own trucks and have to deal with finding and training new drivers, wrestle with insurance rates and maintain their rigs. The Leach brothers out of Pikeville, NC. seem to have figured out how to eliminate some of the headaches. Gerald Leach, 48, runs the logging business known as Leach’s Timber Thinning (LTT), and Kenneth Leach, 49, runs the trucking company, K R Leach Trucking LLC (KRL). The two brothers had always wanted to own their business and now they are getting that chance.
Southern Loggin’ Times magazine Contributing Editor Jordan Anderson has the opportunity to visit Mike Gates Trucking, Inc. in Whatley, Alabama. In his signature song “Back In The Saddle Again” famous American cowboy Gene Autry sings about doing what he loves: riding on the open range. Listening to the song you get a sense that it’s been a while since this cowboy has ventured out into open country and he anxiously awaits his next chance to climb on his trusty steed and head out for another night under the stars. It’s as if this is the place he feels most at home. If you took this song and replaced the cowboy with a logger, the range with a south Alabama pine stand and the steed with a Chevrolet truck, it could be written about a man like Mike Gates. Gates, 51, has seen success in both logging and trucking.
Southern Loggin’ Times magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson visits Triple C Fiber in Georgetown, Tennessee. A strong faith in God includes a recognition that eyes from above are watching over you and your life. The members of the Childs family view themselves as doubly blessed in this regard. Not only are the eyes and hands of God on them, but they believe their beloved patriarch, Jessy Childs, who passed away in April 2015, is looking out for them as well. According to Tim Childs, crew foreman and son of bosswoman Velma Childs, everything that his family business is today, and everything that it will ever become, is due to his father, Jessy. Tim and his brother David operate two crews for their mother’s timber business, Triple C Fiber. What it is today was built entirely on the foundation laid by their father’s hands. The family believes so strongly that their father is watching over them that they have decals on the work trucks in memory of Jessy.
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Southern Loggin’ Times magazine Western Editor Dan Shell takes a look back and provides an update on Alabama’s Posey Logging. Shell writes, “Thirty years ago this month, SLT included a short feature article on Posey Logging of Gordo, Ala, a two-crew operation headed up by three (then suddenly two) brothers in northwest Alabama. The story was written by Connie Long Estes, who was Southern Loggin’ Times’ first female reporter. She composed a lead about how most people think a posy is a flower, “but a ‘Posey’ here is recognized as a tight-knit, hardworking clan of loggers,” she wrote. In 1987, Estes caught up with the Poseys in Pickens County, where they were working for Gulf States Paper and rarely left the local community. The two-crew operation was “geared up in a big way for shortwood” and working on the same tract for once instead of different sites.”
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