Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8Where Profitability and Sustainability Meet™ The operator doesn’t have to get out and wallow around in the wet soil conditions.” An 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 harvest- ing.” 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. “I would never go back to the old way.” NS STRONG 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. “Jesse is great to work with, and I have had great experience with the service department.” Steve Leibering; Owner, Leibering and Sons Inc. The Leibering brothers are true, forest-management professionals. They are passionate about their vocation, including being strong advocates for sustainable forestry.