TFA formally opens new headquarters in Lufkin

Texas Forestry Association hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at their brand new facility on 1903 Atkinson Drive on Wednesday, March 30.

Representatives from Sen. Ted Cruz, State Senator Robert Nichols and Congressman Louie Gohmert’s offices were present for the event. Ernest Bailes, who is running for State Rep. for District 18 was also present, as were members of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, and donors and members of TFA.

“I want to thank the donors who stepped forward and donated materials and finances to construct this building,” said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of TFA. “The former building was constructed and dedicated in 1967. I’m pleased to say it didn’t go in the landfill. It was moved five miles down the road and used for another office space. I am proud to see that since it was our home for 49 years.”

“TFA is a great organization and I am glad that they are here,” said Mark Hicks, Lufkin City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem. “It’s a beautiful facility and I couldn’t be more excited.

They definitely provide economic impact, bringing folks into town and hosting meetings here."

Mike Hamilton, president of TFA, thanked the donors who supplied the office with materials sourced from East Texas lumber. “It is a great honor to serve as TFA president this year and to start this new chapter in our 102-year history,” he said. “I want to thank the Texas Forestry Museum for sharing office space during construction, and East Tex Printing who provided storage while the building was completed.”

“You’ll see the various uses of wood that our members donated,” said Hamilton. “This facility was built from the forests of East Texas. The lumber and panels were milled in East Texas.”

Throughout the updated and expanded offices, plaques are displayed to acknowledge donors, who played a vital role in this new building. “Certainly you understand the importance and significance of the forestry industry in East Texas and in the U.S.,” said James Houser, TFA Educational Fund President. “We are fortunate and blessed to have so many people involved in this building. The number of donors, man hours and committee hours is just immeasurable. We appreciate all those who worked on it and donated to make this a showcase for East Texas forest products.”

Houser also had the honor of announcing two dedications at the ribbon cutting. First, the Conference and Board Room is dedicated to Tommy and Velma Burch. Second, Houser announced the dedication of the new building.

“This individual spent over 32 years of his life for this organization as its director and leader,” Houser said. “The Executive Committee and the TFA Educational Fund Board name this building in honor of Ron Hufford.”