Hud-Son Forest Equipment is a New York State based, family-owned company that started in 1946. According to their website, the company manufactures forestry equipment that provides to tools to the forest land owners, loggers, tree farmers, tree arborists, firewood processors and others.

Michael Spadaro is the Factory Sales Representative for Hud-Son Forest Equipment.

FARMING:
Designs and materials for forestry equipment have evolved over the years. How does/will Hud-Son Forest Equipment keep up with the changes?

Spadaro:
Everything is always changing in our world today. From a manufacturing standpoint, we build everything mostly ourselves but need suppliers for materials and components used. Often suppliers may change or other factors out of our control may change the suppliers so we have implemented a quality control and in-house inventory systems. We are able to react quickly if a supplier is out of stock or sends us a less than desired material or component. This way, we are able to keep up with many of the changes while keeping the Hud-son Forest Equipment products the same quality our customers expect and availability at the same time.

FARMING:
Hazards are common when handling forest equipment. How has Hud-Son address those issues with its consumer base?

Spadaro:
Training, training, training. Hud-son for not only has a training guide that goes with equipment, but we also work through a dealer network. We feel it’s important to get trained on the equipment and the best way to do this is through a dealer network. Not all areas have dealers so therefore, until we have full dealer coverage, customers refer back to the Training Guide and talk with representatives six days a week. We are also producing training videos to help customers that may not be at a dealers location.

FARMING:
Talk about the importance of the right forestry equipment in the Northeast U.S.

Spadaro:
The importance of having the right equipment is the same everywhere. Having the right equipment allows you to do the job safely, efficiently and with the least impact to the environment as possible. Working safely and efficiently leads to higher profitability. Low impact on the environment is everyone’s responsibility and it will help protect our forest for future generations to work and enjoy.

FARMING:
How are your marketing efforts when promoting your equipment nationally and worldwide?

Spadaro:
Our marketing efforts are constantly changing nationally and worldwide. With markets constantly changing, we find that we have to adjust on a daily basis on our efforts to reach new customers. New technology is also a factor and we try to stay on top of what new avenues become available to reach a broader clientele base.

FARMING:
What is the one piece of equipment that you think is absolutely essential in a forester’s arsenal?

Spadaro:
I would say a plan is the most essential. You can then determine the right equipment needed to do the job with a plan. There are so many different types of logging styles. There is the traditional chainsaw and skidder operation, harvester operations, high-line operation and heli-logging. With every different operation, there are many different types of equipment used.

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