Dennis Aucoin, the current SLC Board President and owner Slaughter Logging located in Clinton, Louisiana, indicated that leadership from the Board members and officers have played an important role in our continued success. They have shaped our footprint and are optimistic that we will continue to grow but most importantly that we will continue to “cut the cost of doing business for loggers.” The partnership with our guarantors, fuel broker - FUEL MASTERS, service companies - Petron, MECO and Emory Collins Co, each play a critical role in the success of the daily operations. But, we aren’t just fuel anymore. We have a variety of cost cutting services to choose from with our national parts program – FleetPride Heavy Duty Truck & Trailer Parts, national tires program – Continental / General Tires, Hankook Tires and Yokohama Tires, insurance program – Insurance Resource Group, Fill-Rite transfer pumps program – Petron and our latest addition of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) – Blue Horizon Fluids being sold at the Brewton, Moundville and Orangeburg, South Carolina stations.
The formula for continued growth involves coordination of guarantors, mills and recruitment of new members within the forestry and agricultural industries. The SLC’s first member, Travis Taylor who passed away in 2014, always said, “If you want to help a logger, you have got to find a way to put something in his wallet.” He knew he had a good idea with starting a fuel cooperative since about one third of operating expenses are related to fuel. That money is gone at the end of every week. Fuel is not a cost you can see like equipment or the loads you put through the gate.
Fuel is a significant cost to logger.