Lakes States Lumber Association Newsletter
Letter From President - Rob Paradise
Dear LSLA Membership,
2020 Has Taken A Toll
Although the 2020 winter meeting was only a year ago, with everything that has since taken place, it feels much further removed. This roller coaster of a year has had a lot of un-known, a lot of closures, lockdowns and events cancelled, including our very own annual summer golf outing. Alt-hough missing all these events seemed to be a bummer to some and a letdown to others, they are mainly things that will once again return someday.
Unfortunately, much larger losses have also come our way in 2020 with the passing of multiple icons in our industry in the lake states region. I would like to pay tribute to these individuals for their contributions to our industry and every-day lives. In June, we had the passing of Phillip “Butch” Kersten of Kersten Lumber and Woodstock Flooring and Design in Wisconsin. In October, we endured the losses of Richard “Dick” Krawze of Pine River Sawmill in Wisconsin and Gerald Ort Sr of Tigerton Lumber and Aacer flooring in Wisconsin. In November, more losses with William “Milt” Cole of Cole Hardwoods in Indiana and Tom Casperson, former Senator and LSLA supporter from Michigan.
2020 may be a year a lot of people would like to forget, but all the wonderful influences these individuals left on our industry and our personal lives along with any other losses suffered this year will not be forgotten.
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