As seen in Wood Bioenergy, August 2017:
Clay Crosby started buying wood while he was in college—mostly small tracts with big timber During his last semester of school, he bought a chain saw, a $5000 loader, $3800 skidder and he paid $3000 for a truck and trailer. He and a friend were the only employees. Crosby cut the wood with the chain saw, his friend moved it to the landing with a cable skidder and then Crosby loaded it on the truck. They were producing about three loads per day.
That escalated to some better equipment and within four years Crosby had four company crews and a contract crew. Crosby was buying the wood for all five crews and running the loader for one of them every day. He did that for several years and then sold out of logging and focused on buying timber. In 2009 he formed Twin Rivers Land & Timber (TRLT) with his business partner, Dennis Rich.
When Crosby started TRLT he knew he was taking a big risk. The economy was bad and biomass markets weren’t substantial. He started off with only one contract crew producing roughly 30 loads of logs a week. In retrospect, Crosby says he should’ve been more hesitant when he started TRLT, “but I was too ignorant to know any better and I didn’t know how to do anything else. I made $12,000 my first year and it was a big struggle. But it has worked out well.”
Indeed it has. Today Crosby has 15 company and contract crews that are producing more than 900 loads of chips a week.