Jordan is Logger of Year for '14
Logger of Year Aaron Jordan, and Wife Brandy,
at LLA/SIF meeting in Winnfield, LA
At one of the best-attended meetings in recent years, the Louisiana Loggers Association/Self Insured Fund membership honored Benton, Louisiana logging contractor Aaron Jordan as its Logger of the Year on Friday evening, April 25 at the Winnfield Civic Center.

The kickoff event preceding the main day's activities of the annual Louisiana Forest Festival, included a full program of entertainment and presentations of safety awards for logging operations during the past year.

The plaque recognizing Logger of the Year Jordan was presented by Association safety officer Jimmy Standley.

Aaron Jordan Logging LLC operates from Benton in northern Bossier Parish, Louisiana, under contracts with Anthony Forest Products as Urbana, Arkansas. His area of operations is in North Louisiana and South Arkansas, furnishing logs to the Anthony mill at Urbana, and longwood pulpwood to the Anthony mill at Plain Dealing, Louisiana.

Aaron Jordan graduated from Sarepta, Louisiana High School in 1997, and by this time already owned three logging trucks. From the close relationship with his father while growing up, he had a good understanding of the business.

His late father, Billy Jordan started his logging business in the 1970s, and as a younger man, Aaron worked closely with his father, anticipating a partnership lasting many years. Tragically, however, that was not to be, as Billy Jordan, a motorcycle enthusiast, was killed in an accident in May, 2003, leaving Aaron to continue the business as a young 25-year-old contractor with two operations underway.

After a period with two major operations, Aaron made the decision to merge into a single company--a decision that has proved sound, businesswise. In today's business environment, "You have to be lean and mean," Aaron said. "You have to be efficient, especially with the cost of fuel and insurance. Quotas are tight, and you have to be able able to market your wood efficiently. Every move has to be productive."

Aaron earned the Master Logger degree through the continuing education programs sponsored by the Louisiana Forestry Association and Louisiana Logging Council, continues to keep on top of issues in the logging industry. He has also become a landowner and tree farmer, acquiring land and planting trees to continue the circle of producing and harvesting.

The working crew at Aaron Jordan Logging LLC includes equipment operators Sante Douglas, Sean Demoss, Mark McElwee, and Johnny Rhodes. They operate two skidders, a shear, delimber, loader, and dozer. Jordan gives high marks to his crew, who he says are loyal, dependable and skilled at what they do. "We have very little turnover," he said.

Jordan and his wife, the former Brandy Janca of Minden, have two sons, Hays and Case, ages six and two. Asked if he plans to bring the sons into the logging business, he laughed and said, "They will probably be too smart for that." On the other hand, they might be smart enough to emulate their dad.

At the LLA/SIF membership meeting, guests were also treated with a presentation by Bobby Goodson, popular personality in the television production "Swamp Logger." Earlier in the day, Goodson made a tour of the Festival grounds and met with youn g 4-H and other students at events held on Youth Day.

A business report on status of the Self Insured Fund operations was given by Tommy Green of the claims department, and safety presentations for operations by logger members during the past year were made by Jimmy Standley and Spencer Gaar. A catered seafood meal was enjoyed by an estimated 300 memebrs, families, and guests.