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Fort Martin Opens at Indian Creek Recreation Area

June 17, 2019

Baton Rouge, La. (June 17, 2019) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and RoyOMartin announced the grand opening of Fort Martin, a new playground located at Indian Creek Recreation Area in Woodworth, Louisiana. This effort was a joint partnership between the LDAF and RoyOMartin.

Indian Creek, which is located 15 miles south of RoyOMartin’s corporate headquarters in Alexandria, is a popular destination for fishing, hiking, biking, and camping. While some basic playground equipment was already on site, Fort Martin is intended to provide a safer, larger and modern space for young children to play. Its name honors the Martin family, whose patriarch, Roy O. Martin, Sr., entered the wood-products business in 1923.

RoyOMartin’s involvement in this project consisted of employee volunteers helping design the playground equipment, supplying the wood needed for construction, and overseeing its installation—as well as landscaping—at the site. YellaWood® donated the majority of the lumber used in construction.

“We want to thank RoyOMartin for stepping up to the plate and providing funding for a much-needed playground at Indian Creek Recreation Area that will be enjoyed by thousands of children,” stated Mike Strain, D.V.M., Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner. “We are so grateful for this partnership. There are no words that can express the looks on the faces of the many children who will be smiling because of the wonderful new playground equipment.”

“Central Louisiana has been good to my family and the Martin organizations for nearly 100 years,” stated Roy O. Martin III, president, CEO, and CFO at RoyOMartin. “The Lord has blessed us with this opportunity to give back, through providing a playground for generations to enjoy.”

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About RoyOMartin

RoyOMartin is the registered trade name of Martco L.L.C., a forestry-related and wood-products manufacturing company based in Alexandria, La. RoyOMartin currently operates two manufacturing facilities in Central La., employing approximately 1,100: an OSB plant in Oakdale and a plywood and timbers plant in Chopin. For more information, visit www.royomartin.com.

Johnathan E Martin, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., and Bobby Byrd, pictured at the Fort Martin ribbon cutting.

playground ribbon cutting

Fort Martin ribbon cutting

Johnathan E Martin, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain and Roy O. Martin III, pictured at the Fort Martin ribbon cutting at Indian Creek Recreation Area in Woodworth

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Fort Martin Playground at Indian Creek Recreation Area in Woodworth.