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Posted on 08.23.2017 Under Convention 2017

Low's logger of the yearThe Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Michigan SFI Implementation Committee are pleased to announce Low’s Forest Products of Falmouth Michigan as the Lower Peninsula Logger of the Year for 2017.

Leon started working in the woods for Willie Outman in 1966 cutting pulpwood and running the skidder. After a lot of hard work started logging on his own in 1973 with his first machine purchase of an Iron Mule. He sent his wood to Champion at this time. In 1980 he officially formed Low’s Forest Products. Leon cut shortwood and Carl Baldwin hauled his wood. Leon’s son joined the company in 1986, along with two other employees.

Their hard work paid off and in 1987 they got the opportunity to produce pulpwood for SD Warren in Muskegon and their operation went from shortwood to Slashing. In 1995 Lutke Forest Products started hauling for Low’s and this partnership still remains today. In 2006 Low’s started shipping pulpwood to PCA in Filer City and still supplies PCA today with pulpwood. Low’s harvest many different products and cuts logs for many small log mills to utilize the tree for the best return. The company expanded and added its work force to 5 men. In 2008 Low’s expanded again adding their first loader truck and went to an all mechanized operation.

Leon, alongside his son Dan proudly employees 3 generations. Three of his Grandsons, Jake, David and Josh now work for the company. Arthur Hunt and Codey Longstreet drive the two loader trucks. Codey’s father Craig also works in the woods for Low’s. Leon’s daughter Charity takes care of the books for the company.

Low’s Forest Products has used hard work to keep their company successful for over 44 years. Leon’s commitment to family can be clearly seen when you enter his job. The hard work and dedication of a man that started in 1973 will continue to grow and be successful for generations to come for Low’s Forest Products.

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