Governor Kim Reynolds was in Edgewood on Monday afternoon to sign a bill into law.
The bill was the forestry overweight bill, which allows Iowa’s forest industry to haul overweight with permits. Kirby Kendrick, log salesman at Kendrick Forest Products in Edgewood, explains.
Kirby and many others have been working for the past three years with the Iowa Wood Industries Association to get the overweight bill passed. Many of those supportive members who contributed to the efforts of the bill, along with area legislators and business leaders, were at Kendrick Forest Products on Monday afternoon to watch Governor Reynolds sign the bill into law. Governor Reynolds told KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker that the forestry industry is just as important as Iowa’s other commodities.
There are currently twenty-four states that allow the forest industry to haul overweight with permits – and a handful of them are Iowa’s neighbors. That has put Iowa companies at an unfair freight advantage when competing with neighboring states. Many of Kendrick Forest Products’ railroad ties and green lumber go to Wisconsin, a state that offers overweight permits. Kirby says this new bill will now allow Kendricks to be more competitive because they’ll be able to get ten to eighteen percent more weight on their trucks.
Following the bill signing, Governor Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg took a tour of Kendricks’ saw mill and its other companies.
photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH