2020 Outstanding forestry Contractor of the Year nominees
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the CWF 2020 Spring Meeting in early April was cancelled, including the annual Awards’ Banquet where for the last 19 years, the CWF and members of the forest sector have recognized and congratulated the nominees and recipients of the Outstanding Forestry Contractor of the Year Award.
Over the summer months we introduced our six chosen nominees for both the logging and trucking awards. This will include providing a company profile for each nominee, with an on-site announcement of the two winners and presentation of the prestigious peaveys later in the summer!
Congratulations and thank you to our 2020 nominees and our winners of the
The forest industry congratulates you and your employees for a job well done,
Many thanks to everyone who assisted in delivery & supported the program in any way.
Winner of the 2020 Atlantic Outstanding Logging Contractor of the Year:
Winner of the 2020 Atlantic Outstanding Trucking Contractor of the Year:
Watch the video to see our winners
C&D Bond Forestry Ltd.
Rawdon Gold Mines, NS – Darcy & Chris Bond
From Central Nova Scotia, meet Chris and Darcy Bond; a brother duo who got their start working in the woods in the aftermath of Hurricane Juan back in 2003. They were both teenagers just finishing high school at the time and saw the opportunity to make some money after school and on weekends, running chain saws with an old 209 Timberjack skidder on their family woodlot; the rest is history.
Chris and Darcy are still young contractors by today’s standard. Their work ethic, commitment and attitude towards the sustainability of their business, the environment, good forest management and maintenance practices supersede their years in business.
With the support of their parents, in 2005 they purchased a Valmet tractor and Arbro stroke harvester head and by 2015 they had grown to a mix of single grips, fellerbunchers and porters, 8 machines in total. Today they have settled into a more comfortable size of operation with two other full time operators, running three harvesters and two forwarders as needed on a single shift. Last year they harvested 30,000 tonnes, predominantly on small private woodlots & company Crown operations. They provide a production/quality bonus to employees based on maximizing logs and studs. Last year, 49% was pulpwood for Northern Pulp, thus leading to concerns over the marketplace this year.
hugh macinnis lumber ltd.
Frenchvale, NS - Brent MacInnis
Situated in rural Cape Breton just outside of Sydney, NS, Hugh MacInnis Lumber Ltd. has been a mainstay of the community of Frenchvale for over 50 years. The company was established by Hugh MacInnis, Brent’s father, who started cutting and trucking roundwood to the local coal mines in 1967. Recognizing an opportunity, he shifted to sawing lumber for the mines and local retailers. Pulpwood at that time was shipped to Port Hawkesbury by rail and in 1980, they purchased their first truck, followed by a move into firewood production soon after.
In 1992, the company expanded its operations by providing a full range of silviculture services. With Brent’s succession to company owner in 1998, he introduced mechanical harvesting to their portfolio with the purchase of their first harvester as well as operating a gravel pit with a local construction company.
Today, Hugh MacInnis Lumber Ltd. operates with two harvesters, two forwarders producing 40,000 tonnes of softwood and 7,000 tonnes of hardwood annually. Along with their sawmill, two fuelwood processors, silviculture operation, road & bridge construction, two mulchers, two floats, 4 tandem trucks and two gravel trailers, they employ 14 full time and 12 seasonal workers, many of whom have been with the company for over 25 years.
dbm logging ltd.
Doaktown, NB - Daryl and Brandi Munn
Meet Daryl and Brandi Munn of DBM Logging Ltd.; both lifelong residents of Doaktown, NB situated in central New Brunswick along the picturesque Miramichi River, an area of the region renowned for the River, its salmon, and the lumber industry. Daryl Munn got his start in the late 90’s as an operator building roads and in a flail operation, but it wasn’t until he spent a year in the sawmill that he found his niche and looked to starting his own business as DBM Logging Ltd. in 2013.
With the purchase of their first harvester back in 2013, today’s operation consists of two harvesters, a 20-tonne forwarder, pick up trucks and two service trailers. Operating primarily on JD Irving Limited freehold and Crown Lands, they harvest approximately 80,000 tonnes of wood products annually. The ambitious 120 SMH per week operation is accomplished with eight machine operators and a lead hand through a unique shift schedule, flexibility with cross training between machines, and a dedicated maintenance focus including oil sampling, daily checks, and detailed tracking.
STAO Foresterie Ltée
St-Joseph de Madawaska, Edmundston, NB - Steve Landry
Located in the “Republique de Madawaska”, situated along the upper Saint John River Valley, Steve Landry cut his teeth in the forestry business with his father back in 1999 as an operator and mechanic, and then supervisor. With his father as mentor, Steve was well poised to take over the family business in 2010 but it still remains a family affair to this day, with his father working part time as a machine operator and his wife looking after the business end.
Today, STAO Foresterie Ltee employs 6 operators with a unique double shift schedule harvesting 70,000 cubic meters per annum with two harvesters and a forwarder. The operation works predominantly on Acadian Timber freehold in the Green River District, working primarily in softwood stands prior to 2017. Steve saw an opportunity and shifted his equipment mix, developing an expertise in conducting hardwood and mixed wood stand prescriptions over the past 3 seasons. Acadian Timber are responsible for block layout and providing the prescription criteria which are communicated to the machine operators; most operations are ribbon-less with the operators utilizing GPS navigation in the harvesters.
STAO Foresterie Ltée
St-Joseph de Madawaska, Edmundston, NB - Steve Landry
C’est le long du cours supérieur de la rivière Saint-Jean, dans la « République de Madawaska », que Steve Landry a fait ses premières armes dans les opérations forestières avec son père en 1999, d’abord à titre d’opérateur et de mécanicien, puis de superviseur. Avec son père comme mentor, Steve était bien placé pour prendre la relève de l’entreprise familiale en 2010, mais c’est encore aujourd’hui une affaire de famille, son père travaillant à temps partiel comme opérateur et sa conjointe s’occupant du côté affaires.
Aujourd’hui, STAO Foresterie Ltée emploie 6 opérateurs dans un horaire unique à double quart de travail pour récolter annuellement 70 000 mètres cubes de bois avec deux abatteuses et un porteur. Les opérations se font principalement sur des terrains privés d’Acadian Timber dans le district de Rivière-Verte, et avant 2017, avaient surtout lieu dans des peuplements résineux. Depuis trois ans, Steve a vu des possibilités et a modifié ses équipements pour développer une expertise pour les travaux dans des peuplements feuillus et mixtes. Acadian Timber est responsable d’établir le plan des blocs de coupe et de fournir les critères des prescriptions qui sont communiqués aux opérateurs. La plupart des opérations se font sans marquage et les opérateurs d’abatteuse utilisent la navigation par GPS.
Doug G. Mallory Trucking ltd.
Millbrook, NB - Doug Mallory
Doug Mallory Trucking Ltd. is based out of Millbrook, located in the Kennebecasis Valley near Sussex, NB.
Doug is a 21-year veteran of forest trucking, with prior experience as a machine operator, a trainer (still is part time) and a harvesting contractor. From when he entered trucking in 1999, he grew to 3 trucks, operated detachable loaders for a while, but found his niche as an owner operator. Operating a self-loading quad semi on 2 shifts, Doug hauls for J. D. Irving, Limited primarily in southern NB.
Forest trucking is challenging and complex, with all the rules of the road plus all the challenges of weather and woods road conditions. Doug applies his experience and solid business practices to make it look a lot easier than it is.
Doug and his driver have been working opposite each other now for 15 years. Operating on a 5-day 24-hour basis, he maximizes his driver’s utilization, giving himself a few less trips, allowing time for minor maintenance and detailed operational planning. His focus on utilization, resulting in moving 34,000 metric tonnes annually and averaging approximately 90+ productive machine hours per week, has garnered him with the achievement and recognition of being the company’s highest producing self-loading quad working for the last two seasons.
Mutch Trucking ltd.
Sillikers, NB - Tim Mutch
Mutch Trucking Ltd. is a forest trucking business located along the Southwest Miramichi River in the picturesque rural community of Sillikers, NB. (30 km west of Miramichi, NB). Tim Mutch grew up with trucking in his blood, working full time with his father Mervin after graduating from high school in 1975. Following in his fathers’ footsteps, Tim ‘learned the business’ as a driver, loader operator and mechanic, taking over the business with his wife Betty Rae over 30 years ago.
Today, Mutch Trucking Ltd. is truly a generational family run business with Tim’s two sons as drivers & operators, Tim’s wife, daughter, and daughter-in-law managing the office and business end, along with some grand children now joining in on a part time basis.
Maintaining a hands-on approach in managing the business, Tim still runs the loader and drives when needed, instilling a good work culture throughout the operation. Mutch Trucking Ltd. hauls approximately 300,000 m3 annually for Fornebu Lumber Ltd., currently employing 24 people including 16 drivers, 2 loader operators, 2 licensed mechanics and 4 office staff, along with 6 to 8 brokers operating at any time. This involves keeping 19 trucks, 22 trailers, 4 self-loaders and 2 loaders in working order and on the road with a unique bi-weekly scheduled maintenance program. As each truck in the fleet goes in for a service, it is swapped out with a ‘spare’ truck, so the driver never misses a shift; this maintenance ‘rotation’ approach optimizes production and minimizes downtime for both driver and fleet.
The operation adheres to the National Safety Code for their entire fleet, putting safety first with no at-fault accidents. Tim is especially careful with new drivers and has adopted a mentoring practice by teaming the ‘rookie’ with an experienced driver until they are ready to work independently. They provide full health and medical plan for employees, with very little driver turnover.
All operational aspects of the business are managed closely; from meeting regulatory requirements (i.e. CVSA, trip inspection, log books), installing two waste oil furnaces in each service garage, implementing a fuel bonus program, monitoring driving habits (i.e. braking), bulk tire purchases, and detailed tracking/analysis of all costs and weekly production. With their CVSA points in ‘good shape’, Tim does not condone overweight hauling i.e. stupid loads, whereas he sees it is a safety and maintenance issue.
Tim is a true gentleman and a dedicated family and community man; an experienced, professional contractor who knows his business inside and out.