A Louisiana-based logging cooperative plans to build a fueling station for its members in Lufkin.
Southern Loggers Cooperative, an independent forestry and agriculture cooperative with 2,200 members in 15 states, plans to build an unmanned fuel station on U.S. Highway 69.
The station, with operations planned to start at the beginning of the new year, will join locations within Texas at Domino, Evadale and Pineland. The cooperative operates 26 fuel stations in seven states with sales approaching 30 million gallons in 2014.
According to marketing director Miranda Shumate, membership in the cooperative, open to loggers, truckers of agricultural and forest products, silvicultural contractors, forest road contractors, forest landowners, recyclable truckers, farms, ranchers, horticulturists and viticulturists, is growing in East Texas.
“We have a large following in Texas and a great support system,” Shumate said. “We had enough members who demanded that we be there. Lufkin ties in with our Louisiana stations that we have. The whole basis for the co-op is that a large group provides us with a larger amount of buying power. We can negotiate better prices on consumable everyday goods. Fuel is the largest consumable everyday good for that industry.”
With a one-time $100 membership fee, the cooperative, in addition to the fueling station, also offers other programs such as parts through a national partnership with FleetPride Truck and Trailer Parts and Continental and Hankook tires and an insurance program.
For more information about the cooperative, visit SouthernLoggers.com or call (318) 445-0750.