March / April 2023

RICHBURG, South Carolina – Operating one large “super crew” in northern South Carolina, brothers Will and Wesley Coleman and Coleman Brothers Logging are putting up impressive production numbers, routinely hitting 160-190 loads a week and not infrequently hauling more than 200.


  • S. Carolina’s Coleman Bros. Hauling High Production
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S. Carolina’s Coleman Bros. Hauling High Production

Article by May Donnell and Dan Shell

RICHBURG, South Carolina – Operating one large “super crew” in northern South Carolina, brothers Will and Wesley Coleman and Coleman Brothers Logging are putting up impressive production numbers, routinely hitting 160-190 loads a week and not infrequently hauling more than 200.

Thanks to a timber company relationship that allows the company to run wide open, and three primary markets in relatively close proximity, Coleman Brothers Logging is able to get some serious output from its two-loader, four-skidder, two-cutter configuration.

At age 34, Will Coleman is definitely a member of the younger generation of loggers in an industry where the contractor base is aging—and he’s already been running his own company for a decade.

Wesley, left, and Will Coleman

Will began his career at 18 when he went to work for a logger in the area. His ambition to run his own company eventually kicked in and in 2013 he decided to strike out on his own.

Will and his wife, Katherine, and his brother, Wesley, founded the company and started it up. Together they gradually pieced together two loaders, four skidders and three cutters, all very well used—some might say used up. Will’s father, Tim, joined in to help with maintenance and Will’s uncle, Don “Uncle Stump” Dickson, signed on to drive a truck. “I really rely on my brother, Wes,” Coleman says. “If I’m at work, he’s at work, no matter what. If I’m in the shop, he’s in the shop. And he really takes charge with the skidders. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

Working with the Tigercat dealership in Newberry, SC, Coleman replaced his older equipment, and thanks to a new timber company arrangement that expanded production he’s been able to also upgrade his trucking fleet significantly in the past three years.

A need to reduce expenses on older trucks while at the same time expanding production led Coleman Brothers Logging to extensively upgrade its hauling capacity during the past three years.


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