Howell is 2017 Logger of Year
Maintains perfect safety record ten straight years

Kevin Howell, with plaque, stands with his Logger of the Year crew.

Kevin Howell, a Winn Parish logging contractor for the past 11 years, was named Logger of the Year by the Louisiana Loggers Association/Self Insured Fund at a special presentation in Winnfield on May 20.

At age 45, Howell had an interesting life before deciding to go into business as a logging contractor, working first for Plum Creek, then Weyerhaeuser when Plum Creek was acquired by Weyerhaeuser.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1990, serving four years He saw duty in Operation Desert Storm, and Somalia. Returning to civilian life, he spent time working offshore, and finally decided to go into logging. He organized as Howell Trucking Co. LLC, on July 11, 2006, and began hauling for Plum Creek Timber Co. When Plum Creek was merged with Weyerhaeuser, he continued, and has hauled for Weyerhaeser since the, to mills at Hodge, Campti, and Mansfield.

A qualified Master Logger himself, Kevin conducts regular safety training with his crews, resulting in a ten-year record of no time-loss accidents.

His work group includes his father, a brother, Roger, and Paul Sevene, Jim Hudson, truck driver; Seth Howell, shear operator; Butch Brouliette, shear driver.

Howell's woods eqipment includes John Deere shears, a Caterpiller loader and buldozer,and two John Deere skidders. He maintains a shop next door to his home on Joe Reilly Road, a short drive off US Highway 84 between Winnfield and Tullos.

Kevin is married to the former Melody Parker. There are five children in their blended family, a son Tony currently in the military in Afghanistan; a daughter Hannah, a 2016 Winnfield Hifgh School graduate now attending school in Alerxandria; and a son Jacob, a 7th grader at Winnfield. Each has a daughter, both born on the same day, December 16, 1997 \'96 Erika, a Dodson High School graduate; and Kaylen, a student at Northwestern State University at Natchitoches.

Kevin has a bit of advice to one who may plan on going into the woods: "If you go into logging, you have to know a lot of stuff."

He seems to have qualified.