PFPA 25th Anniversary

Pennsylvania Forest Products Association Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Four of the surviving members of the Association's founding Board of Directors
were honored at the PFPA Annual Meeting and presented with a framed commemorative
copy of documents related to the group's organization. (L to R): Kenny Taylor,
Mt. Valley Hardwoods; Charlie Zeager, Zeager Brothers Lumber; Leonard Kuhns,
Kuhns Brothers Lumber; and C.J. Charles, C.J. Charles Lumber.

In 2005, the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Association's incorporation.

The Association's founding Board of Directors were honored at PFPA Annual Meeting, which took place on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 in State College, Pennsylvania. Over 120 persons attended the Annual Meeting and Dinner.

Four of these surviving original Board members were in attendance at the meeting. They included C. J. Charles, C. J. Charles Lumber; Charlie Zeager, Zeager Brothers Inc.; Kenneth Taylor, Mt. Valley Hardwoods and Leonard Kuhns, Kuhns Brothers Lumber. Each of these pioneering individuals received a framed commemorative copy of historical documentation associated with the founding of the Association. Dinner attendees were provided with a commemorative booklet highlighting the history and accomplishments of the Association.

PFPA also recognized its 25 years of service to members with a special display of historical documents and photos, which was exhibited at both the Annual Meeting and Timber 2005.

Key to all of these efforts was Educational Committee Chair and past PFPA Chairman Bill Brooks, who interviewed founding members of the Association, as well as collected and organized copies of letters, meeting minutes and other memorabilia documenting the history of the Association.

The Association was founded in November 1980 as the Hardwood Lumber Manufacturers Association of Pennsylvania. The group was created to provide a unified industry voice on state legislative and regulatory issues. Soon afterward, the group organized its first Timber Show for logging and sawmill equipment vendors. Over the years the group expanded membership eligibility to include all sectors of the forest products industry, as well as those companies providing equipment and services to any sector of the forest products industry. The Association changed its name to the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association in 2003. PFPA is the recognized voice of the forestry and forest product industry issues before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and state agencies.