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Feb 27, 5:19 PM

Today we celebrate Joy Confer's 30th anniversary at Kane Hardwood. Some may recall a recent post about Joy who is an equipment operator in the log yard at Kane. Joy began her career in the dimension mill and also worked in the sawmill before transferring to the log yard about 10 years ago. Congratulations Joy!

Feb 24, 7:55 PM

Each year, WWPA (Western Wood Products Association) identifies individual certified graders with high grading proficiency over a yearlong performance schedule and provides this information to participating mills. This is a grader recognition program specifically, and recognition is not easy to achieve. Congratulations to our Lumber Grader Robert Morris (on left) for receiving the WWPA HI-Q award for the year of 2016. Steve Ackey our QC is presenting the award. Good job and keep up the good work Bob! #CollinsPineinChester #CollinsWood #WWPA #doinggoodwork *photo courtesy Robbie Gillen

Feb 3, 2:09 PM

Please join me in welcoming Charlie Kirkpatrick to the Kane Resources staff as Log Quality Specialist. Charlie has a degree in Forest Technology from SUNY-ESF (2007) and a bachelors degree from Penn State in Forest Science (2009). He had previously worked at Kane Hardwood as a summer forestry helper in 2008. After graduating from Penn State, he worked for Generations Forestry, the Washington County Conservation District, Consul Energy, Inc., and the Allegheny County Conservation District. An avid hunter, Charlie has volunteered for a Hunt for the Handicapped program and is a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America. He is also an active member of the Society of American Foresters and the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group. As Log Quality Specialist, Charlie will work regularly with Kanes contracted loggers and log suppliers to insure the logs produced meet the needs and expectations of our customers, primarily the Kane Hardwood sawmill and veneer/export log buyers.

Feb 2, 3:41 PM

Starting February 1, 2017, Tom Kase was promoted to the position of Land Manager in the Kane Resources Department. Tom is replacing Ned Karger who will be retiring in March with over 33 years working for Collins Pine Company. Tom obtained his degree in Forest Technology in 1988 from the State University of NY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Ranger School in Wanakena, NY. After college, he worked for the US Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest in Ridgway, PA for 4 years then moved to the private sector working for Ed Kocjancic, Forestry Consulting, Inc. for 9 years. He came on board with Collins in 2002 as a forester. In 2007, he was promoted to Silvicultural Supervisor then in 2010 became the Forest Systems Supervisor taking over the geographic information system (GIS) which is a major tool and component of our forest management program. We will also be celebrating Toms 15th year with the company this month. Outside of employment, Tom has exhibited leadership in the Kane community for over 20 years. He joined the Kane Shade Tree Commission shortly after moving to Kane in 1996 and has overseen a number of projects to beautify the community including obtaining a grant from the Collins Foundation to plant trees in the borough. He is the Past Exalted Ruler of the Kane Elks Lodge and current President of the Parish Council of St. Callistus RC Church. Also, Tom has been a member of the Kane Borough Council since 2013. Tom is also a member of the Society of American Foresters. Tom and his wife Sandy continue to reside in Kane. Please join me in congratulating Tom on his promotion to Land Manager of one of the largest private land ownerships in PA, the 117,000 acre Collins Pennsylvania Forest!

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