The last day of the tour we visited Wightman Specialty Wood in Portlandville, NY (near Cooperstown). We had an excellent tour of the mill, watching them de-bark the trees, slicing to large wood blocks, then cutting to size, kiln drying, and even making molding. We then went to their small forest to see how they manage and cut down trees. It was a really interesting tour, and I learned much from the experience.
Today, as the last day of the tour, we say goodbye to each other. It was a great pleasure to tour with this group. Everyone participated and I felt that there was a real connection between all on the bus.
The purpose of this trip is to increase the knowledge of occupational safety and health for our trainees, and there is no better way then for us to see workers working, especially in these dangerous job. This trip has trainees from the NYNJ Education and Research Center (ERC), as well as from the ERCs in Cincinnati and Alabama and the Training Program in Industrial Hygiene at the University of Puerto Rico. It was a pleasure travelling with you, and I am confident we met our goals for the trip!