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2018 Annual Meeting
February 27-March 1, 2018
Embassy Suites - Dublin, OH

Ohio Forest Products Industry - Past. Present! Future?

Tentative Schedule
(subject to change)

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Tuesday, February 27     

Registration Open
Exhibitors Setup
4:00 PM
Logging Standards Council Meeting 5:00 PM 7:00 PM
Buses depart for Welcome Reception at
Juniper Rooftop Restaurant
7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Join us for an opening reception at Juniper Rooftop
Restaurant atop the historic Smith Brothers Hardware
Building. Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvre will be served.
Sponsored by Superior Hardwoods of Ohio.
This event is currently sold out. Please contact OFA at
888-388-7337 to be placed on the waiting list.
7:30 PM 9:30 PM
Buses depart Juniper to return to Embassy Suites 9:30 PM  
 Wednesday, February 28    
Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by BTG Pactual
Exhibits Open
Fellowship of Christian Lumbermen's Meeting 
Tree Farm Silent Auction Opens

Silent Auction Donations welcome, please bring to the meeting
or call OFA for advance shipping information.
8:00 AM    
Keynote Speaker
Deb Hawkinson, President, Forest Resource Association

Deb will discuss the impact of national level policies and legislation
on the hardwood industry in Ohio.

9:00 AM 9:45 AM
State of Division of Forestry
Bob Boyles, Chief, ODNR, Division of Forestry
Bob will update attendees on the state of the Division of Forestry 
9:45 AM 10:15 AM
Networking Break/Visit with Exhibitors
10:15 AM    10:45 AM   
Hardwood Lumber Market Directions
Matt Baumgardner, US Forest Service
Matt will update attendees on hardwood trade and consumption
trends for the US and Ohio
10:45 AM 11:30 AM
Networking Break/Visit with Exhibitors
Silent Auction
11:30 AM 11:45 AM
Award Luncheon
Share in the presentation of the annual awards to the Tree
Farmer of the Year, Ohio Logger of the Year and those who
have made special contributions to Ohio Forestry. The Ohio
Tree Farm Committee will hold a fund raising raffle during the luncheon.
Sponsored by Murphy Tractor and Southern Loggers Cooperative. 
11:45 AM 1:45 PM
On the Job Trauma
Bob Otter, citizenAID North America
Bob will talk about ways to treat severe injuries or trauma victims
before the emergency service can be on the scene.
2:00 PM 2:20 PM
Future Markets for American Hardwoods
Mike Snow, American Hardwood Export Council
Mike will discuss future markets for American hardwoods 
with the attendees.
2:20 PM 3:10 PM  
Networking Break/Visit with Exhibitors
Silent Auction Bidding Closes
3:10 PM 3:25 PM  
Hardwood Market Analysis
Dave Caldwell, Hardwood Market Report
Dave will discuss current market conditions and share his 
insights on what the future holds.
3:25 PM 4:00 PM  
Hardwood Product Sector Panel
Neil Poland, Mullican Flooring
Ernie Hershberger, Homestead Furniture
Dwain Schlabach, Mt. Easton Pallet
Merle Stutzman, Weaver Custom Homes
Dave Forst, Woodcraft Industries
Jimmy Thornberry, Powell Valley Millwork
The panel of hardwood industry experts representing different
sectors will each share his insights on what is happening in
his business area and take a look down the road on where
business may be headed in the future.
4:00 PM 5:15 PM  
President's Reception
Join us for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails and spend some
time visiting with our exhibitors. The Ohio Tree Farm Committee
will raffle a few items through fun activities to raise funds for their
valuable forestry program. Winning bidders in the Tree Farm
Silent Auction may pay for and pick up their merchandise during the
reception. The Ohio Tree Farm Committee will be holding a gun raffle
to raise funds for their valuable forestry programs.
Sponsored by Yoder Lumber,
McKay-Gross Division, Columbus Equipment Co. Sheoga Hardwood Flooring

5:30 PM 6:30 PM  
Thursday, March 1      
Ohio Forestry Association Executive Committee Meeting 8:00 AM 10:00 AM  
Ohio Forestry Association Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 AM 12:00 PM  
Ohio Forestry Association Board of Directors Luncheon 12:00 PM    


Book your sleeping room now! Sleeping rooms will be available at a discounted rate of $132 plus tax including free parking, internet and breakfast. Book your sleeping room directly with the hotel, or call 614-790-9000.

2018 Sponsors
as of 2/2/2018





Welcome 2018 Exhibitors!

Association of Consulting Foresters
Columbus Equipment Co.
Menominee Saw & Supply
Murphy tractor & Equipment Company
National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO)
Ohio Division of Forestry
Ohio Tree Farm Committee
Paw-Taw John Services, Inc.
Ricer Equipment
Rudd Equipment Co.
U-C Coatings

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