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Sandy man named 2015 Oregon logger of the year

Oregon loggers group awards Wayne Stone Logging for 40 years of success

Sandy business owner Wayne Stone was named 2015 Logger of the Year by the Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL), Inc.

Stone, owner of Wayne Stone Logging Inc., has been running his business in Sandy for more than 40 years. He was recognized by his peers at the AOL’s 46th-annual convention held on Saturday, Jan. 16 in Eugene.

As a young boy, Stone had aspirations to be a professional baseball player, and became a pitcher at Clackamas Community College. When his baseball career ended, however, he found a new passion in logging.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Wayne Stone receives an award for 2015 Logger of the Year from Associated Oregon Loggers President Mark Turner.

In 1977, he bought the first log truck for his company. The expanding business gained its first yarder in 1983 and a second in 1985.

He built a reputation for taking on the most difficult jobs and having the equipment on hand to do them, said AOL President Mark Turner at the Jan. 16 event. Turner owns Turner Logging Company, headquartered in Banks.

Wayne Stone Logging is powered by 35 full-time employees, including Stone’s son, daughter-in-law and son-in-law. Stone said he has been especially proud to work alongside his son, who shares his passion for logging.

Stone said his philosophy is to keep the wood moving and his employees busy.

What sets Stone’s business apart from competitors is his determination to bring back large, long-span towers capable of long range and multi-span settings that are uncommon in traditional logging methods, Turner explained.

“Stone isn’t ready to hang up his hard hat just yet,” he said. “He can still be seen at the age of 60 climbing and topping trees, pulling a set of four chokers through the brush, low-boying equipment, running the yarder or even answering the office phone.

“One thing is for certain," Turner added, "Wayne’s love of logging and the outdoors will continue for many years to come.”