Below is a brief overview of events, programs and services offered by KFIA. Additional details on specific programs will be available by clicking links or by visiting other areas of the website. If you need help finding a resource, please contact Michele (Michele@kfia.org) or call the office at 502/695-3979.
KENTUCKY WOOD EXPO
KFIA is the sponsor the Kentucky Wood Expo. The show started in 1983 and is one of the fastest growing trade shows in the region. Sawmill, pallet, logging and all types of wood processing equipment and support services available to the wood industry are featured over the two day event which is held the third Friday and Saturday in September.
The Annual Meeting serves as the associations membership meeting and follows a Wednesday, Thursday & Friday format in March/April. Over 300 company middle and upper management representatives attend the three day event to be updated on association events and activities around the state.
Five regional meetings are held across the state beginning in June and lasting thru mid August. The regional meetings are a great way to stay up to date on association activities and events in local areas while enjoying the company of old friends and meeting new ones. A golf outing is traditionally held during the day and a social hour and dinner followed by a meeting in the evening.
LOG A LOAD FOR KIDS
The Log A Load for Kids campaign started in 1988 in South Carolina with Kentucky signing on to the project in 1997. The Log A Load for Kids program provides an opportunity for Kentucky wood industry to help sick or injured children. One hundred percent of the money raised goes toward projects which benefit the Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky a member of the Children's Miracle Network. Since 1997 over $385,000 has been raised by Kentucky's wood industry. This program is one of the special ways to promote the many positive aspects of our industry.
WILLIAM H. STEELE MEMORIAL FORESTRY SCHOLARSHIP
The Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) sponsors the William H. Steele Memorial Forestry Scholarship Fund, which is made available to deserving individuals who hope to pursue a career in the forest products industry.
KFIA is a trade association dedicated to serving and promoting the forest products industry of Kentucky. Founded in 1965, it has over 600 members in the areas of primary and secondary wood industry, supplier and service industries, wholesale, loggers and landowners. KFIA promotes sound forest management through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
The scholarship was started in memory of William H. Steele, founder of Kentucky Tie & Lumber in Columbia, KY. Mr. Steele was active in KFIA, serving on the Board of Directors and as President. Kentucky Tie & Lumber remains a member of KFIA and Mr. Steele’s son, Bill Steele Jr. has also served on the Board and as President.
To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be a US citizen and high school graduate accepted for admission to an approved college or university, junior college, technical college, or accredited program.
Interested persons can apply for $500 per semester if planning to enroll or already enrolled in a two or four year university forestry program. A $600 scholarship is also available for qualified individuals to attend the NHLA Lumber Grading School in Memphis, TN.
Qualified applicants must have a 2.5 grade point average or maintain a 2.5 grade point average if already enrolled in a forestry program and at least work one summer for a wood industry company. Please have any transcripts or paperwork readily available if needed to document/verify academic standing.
Applications will be reviewed upon submission. The KFIA Education Committee will be the reviewing entity and make all decisions concerning scholarships. All decisions made by the committee are final. The William H. Steele Scholarship will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.