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R&H Logging
Dameon Harris (left) is humbled to be able to start a family business with the help of his father-in-law, Tom Reynolds, (right) and his mother-in-law, Cherryl.

For the Love of Logging

The birth of R&H Logging, Inc., in Watson, Michigan, is one of hard work, dedication, and family.

Owner, Tom Reynolds, found his love of logging when he began working in the skidding business more than 45 years ago. He was employed by two different companies through the 2000s when those companies merged to become UP Timber Company.

In 2005, Tom’s son-in-law and daughter, Dameon and Cassie Harris, relocated to Texas to find employment in the oil industry with the intention of saving enough to fulfill Dameon’s dream of going into the logging business. Just three years later, the two returned to the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan to begin the process of opening R&H Logging with Cassie’s parents.

The company began with a pre-owned, four-roller processing head with more than 10,000 hours. Dameon wanted to increase production so he purchased a new processor in 2013. That did the trick, increasing production and allowing the company to upgrade to a new double-bunk forwarder a little less than a year later.

Jobs were getting hillier and timber was growing larger producing a need for a leveling machine. The team purchased a 2016 John Deere 859 MH with a 623C Waratah head and ran the machine for 1,200 hours before upgrading to a new John Deere 1270G 8-wheeled Harvester. They also just traded in a CAT Forwarder and purchased a new JD 1210G 8-wheeled forwarder with rotating cab. John Deere now makes up 100 percent of the company’s fleet.

Tom and Dameon can’t wait to see what their new 1210G forwarder can do to help their production. However, they do like their 1270G with its 415 harvesting head because, as Dameon said, “When you get in it, you do nothing but cut wood. You ask it to do something and it does it.” He likes the comfort, mobility, and the stability for which the machine is known. Dameon can cut wood at a 35 degree slope and he likes the 32-foot, 10-inch reach of the 415 head. “The fuel economy is good.

The visibility, ease of maintenance, LED light package, as well as the agility of the machine are all benefits,” said Dameon. “It lives up to its promises.”

“McCoy employees take phone calls after hours and go above and beyond to keep us up and running,”

R&H Logging Inc. say they like their local McCoy John Deere dealer in Escanaba because the employees are friendly and knowledgeable and the popcorn is great. “McCoy employees take phone calls after hours and go above and beyond to keep us up and running,” said Dameon. “And, the parts department is excellent.”

R&H harvests hardwood timber using the cut-to-length method. They do some custom logging, some private logging, however, the bulk of their logging is done for UP Timber Company in Munising, Michigan. They work primarily in the hilly country of the North Central part of the UP in Marquette and Alger Counties, “God’s Country,” as they like to call it; and travel up to about 1-1/2 hours one way to jobs.

Tom and his wife of 44 years, Cherryl, have had a hobby farm in Watson, Michigan, since the early 1990s. They are involved with the local 4-H chapter and local fairs. They have two daughters and are proud grandparents to four grandsons and one granddaughter.

Cherryl is the “string that binds it all together,” Tom said. She handles the books and makes sure the finances are in order.

Dameon and Cassie have been married 14 years and have two small children, Sophia and Wyatt. Cassie is a registered nurse and currently stays home with the children and helps out with the family business as she is able.

“I’m so appreciative to Tom and Cherryl for letting me be a part of their family and the business,” said Dameon. “I hope that my kids will carry on the tradition and legacy of the family logging business.”

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