|Jarreau named 2014 LLC Logger of Year||
Eddie Jarreau, Center, was named Logger of the Year by
Louisiana Logging Council. He is shown with ROM Foresters
Brady Riche, left, and Scott Bertrand
|The Louisiana Forestry
Association (LFA) and the Louisiana Logging Council named
Eddie Jarreau of Hessmer as the 2014 Louisiana
Outstanding Logger. The award was presented Aug. 27 at
the annual convention in Shreveport.
Jarreau is a Louisiana Master Logger who works in central Louisiana with his Avoyelles Timber crews harvesting for both RoyOMartin (ROM) and Boise Cascade.
Jarreau started out in the seismograph business but when there was a downturn in the oil business in the Eighties he turned to logging. For nearly 30 years he has built his business. "Eddie and his crews take great pride in Avoyelles Timber," said Scott Bertrand, ROM logging service coordinator who nominated him. Jarreau also remarks on the experience and skill of his of his crew. "I've got the best crews around...that's what makes me the Logger of the Year."
The judging team included Dr. Mark Gibson and Dr. Clyde Vidrine of Louisiana Tech University School of Forestry, Holly Morgan with the U.S. Forest Service and Bob Wall, the 2013 Outstanding Logger. In a site visit to his logging job, Dr. Gibson said they were impressed with the operation. "Mr. Jarreau emphasized safety, job quality and production in that order," he said. "Consequently his operation was very clean with well-maintained equipment. His woods crew was all longtime employees, which speaks well of how he treats them." The judges were also impressed with his trucking system.
Jarreau has 26 employees, 11 trucks and a fulltime mechanic who works at his shop/office. He and his wife, Margaret have a son and a daughter and two grandchildren. Their daughter Valerie does the bookkeeping for the job, taking over that responsibility from her mother at the beginning of this year.
Jarreau also has a 165-acre cattle farm and he owns and operates a mobile home park.