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By Jordan Beck Great Lakes Logging
Terry Peters, owner and founder of logging business Terry Peters Logging, said he has been a part of the forest products industry since his teenage years.
“My father was a logger, and I had been work- ing in the woods since I was (about) 14,” he said. As a result of this experience, Peters said, opening a logging company was a natural fit for
“I liked it ... so I started my own logging busi-
ness,” he said. Peters was 21 years old when he founded his namesake company, which is locat- ed in Mellen, Wis. and has been active in the Upper Midwest since the early 1970s.
Terry Peters Logging works in Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
“Our specialty is select cut harvesting on northern hardwoods,” Peters said.
In addition to their logging work, the compa- ny provides some other services.
“We do road-building (and) food plots for deer,” Peters said.
Business has been strong for Terry Peters Log- ging as of late.
“We’ve been extremely busy,” Peters said. The company has 15 employees — with subcontrac- tors — and a wide range of equipment, includ- ing three cut-to-length systems, a processor, a forwarder, two skidders, and a slasher.
However, Peters noted that the large amounts of rainfall seen in the area in 2016 and 2017 has had a detrimental effect on his company’s ability to complete their work in a timely manner.
“We’ve had a slowdown lately ... we’ve had a lot of wet weather,” he said.
Because of this, Peters said he and his employ- ees are excited for the freezing of area roads.
“We look forward to winter,” he said. Peters, who is currently 65, said he will retire
in the relatively near future.
“I’m (going to) work for a couple more years,”
he said. After this, he will likely hand Terry Peters Logging off to his sons, Corey and Cody Peters.
According to Peters, his company’s long and successful history is the result of careful plan- ning.
“Plan years ahead, not months or weeks,” he said.
Peters said he is happy with what he has
accomplished with his company.
“Me and my family have made a good living
helping take care of our beautiful northern forests,” he said.
For more information on Terry Peters Log- ging, visit their website at www.terrypeterslog-
Terry Peters Logging
Above, a Hood SB-182 log loader used by Mellen, Wis.-based business Terry Peters Logging is shown on the job in a photo from the business’ website. This business has been active in the Upper Midwest since the early 1970s.
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