The Alabama Forestry Association and the Alabama Loggers Council (ALC) announced that Chambers County logger Wayne Gillenwaters of Gillenwaters Logging Inc. has been selected as the 2013 Alabama Logger of the Year.
The award will be presented to Wayne and his wife Sandra at the Alabama Loggers Council Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 12 at The Legends Marriott in Prattville. The annual meeting is a gathering of loggers from across the state for continuing professional education and fellowship.
“We are proud to honor one of Alabama’s finest loggers with this year’s award,” said Ray Clifton, Director of the ALC. “Gillenwaters Logging is a great example of a small, family-owned Alabama business, and their story of success from very humble beginnings is an inspiration not only to loggers but to young people who aspire to live and work in rural Alabama.”
Wayne is a first generation logger who began his career at age 19, cutting short pulpwood for J.T. Langley Pulpwood in LaFayette. Since that humble beginning 34 years ago, Wayne and Sandra have quietly worked to build their own business into a modern, successful tree-length operation that includes two logging crews and four haul trucks.
Gillenwaters Logging will now represent Alabama as the state’s nominee for the “South-central Logger of the Year” which will be presented later this year by the Forest Resource Association.
Wayne and Sandra have three adult children, Joey, Beth and Melissa, as well as five grandchildren. The family enjoys fishing, cooking, and spending free time together at Lake Martin.