Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24An additional benefit is the high-rise tilting cab, which can remain tilted while on the lowboy to keep the load at a legal height for transport. Leibering worked closely with Columbus Equipment Company Environmental Division sales representative Jesse Garber to specify and order the machine. “Jesse is great to work with, and I have had great experience with the service department,” he said. Leibering and Sons describes itself as a “complete forest management company from tree planting to timber harvesting.” The company also handles primary and secondary breakdown at its sawmills, producing logs, dry lumber and dimensional hardwood, including flooring. The chipping operation produces clean chips for paper mills and boiler-fuel chips. Everything is locally grown and locally manufactured, eliminating costs for freight and material changing hands, so “we can be pretty cost competitive,” Leibering said. The company’s name refers to Chris Leibering, who started the company in the late 1950s with his wife Carol. The sons—Phillip, Shawn, Matthew, and Steve— now run the company, and several of them have sons of their own in the business. The Leibering brothers are true forest-management professionals. They are passionate about their vocation, including being strong advocates for sustainable forestry. The company helps landowner clients optimize their land’s productivity and diversity. Buying the fuel-efficient Barko 495 is another forward-looking step; these crawler booms are “the wave of the future,” in Garber’s opinion. It was a good decision, said Steve Leibering. “After using the Barko on tracks, I would never go back to the old way.” ONG The Leibering brothers are true forest-management professionals. They are passionate about their vocation, including being strong advocates for sustainable forestry. “The efficiency and safety the Barko provides is well worth the investment in a track system.” Steve Leibering; Owner, Leibering and Sons Inc. Meet the Leiberings: Steve (center), brother Matt (right) and Matt’s son Brad hail from proud Indiana forestry roots. The family has replanted an estimated 35 million trees over the past 40 years, and plan to hit the 50-million mark before the current generation lays down their topographic maps and hard hats. 19