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TimberWest November/December 2013

Sept/October 2014

Photo by Diane Mettler: Brintech Logging and the company’s two new machines — a Doosan and Hyundai

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Running on All Cylinders
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Woody Biomass Column
Be Ready with the Message

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Guest Columnist
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Machinery Row

Peterson pacificPeterson Pacific Delivers 2,000th Machine

Peterson Pacific Corp. has delivered their 2,000th machine to come off the production line to Tabeel Trading, based in Australia. The milestone machine is a Peterson 5000H, a Delimber/Debarker/Chipper, which produces high-quality, low-bark-content chips for wood pulp and pellets, processing whole trees in one continuous operation.

Peterson hosted a special on-site delivery ceremony for their employees. Tabeel Trading’s machine was adorned with the U.S. and Australian flags, and a special logo commemorating the 2,000th machine.

“We are excited that our 2,000th machine is a 5000H—this is one of our flagship models, and we trust that it will be a valued addition to Tabeel Trading’s operations,” said Michael Spreadbury, Peterson’s marketing manager.

Jason AndringaVermeer Announces Family Succession Plans

As part of its family succession planning process, Vermeer Corporation announced that third-generation family member Jason Andringa will serve as the company’s next President & CEO, effective Nov. 1, 2015.

Jason will assume the role of President & Chief Operating Officer for one year, when he will transition to the role of President & CEO of Vermeer Corporation. He currently serves as President of Forage and Environmental Solutions.

November 1, Mary Andringa, current President & CEO, will assume the role of CEO & Chair of the Board, and Bob Vermeer, current Chairman of the Board, will assume the role of Chair Emeritus (the honorary role for individuals who served as Vermeer CEO or Chair of the Board).

Peterson Hosts Employee Group at PLC

One of the highlights of the Pacific Logging Conference for Peterson was hosting a group of their own employees at the show. Peterson held a raffle for their factory employees to get a paid day off to visit the show, check out the displays, and actually see how the product they make every day stacks up against the competition.

“It was great to get the guys out of the shop, up here for the show,” said Michael Spreadbury, marketing manager for Peterson. “We had a drawing at a recent employee meeting and brought out one employee from each major part of manufacturing so they could see how what they craft every day works in the real world. This was a great chance to see the competition and learn other facets of this industry—this kind of outing can really go a long way to refocusing and re-energizing the men and women at Peterson.”

Derek Rather, machine shop supervisor, also came along on the trip. “Watching the Peterson grinder handle that nasty pile of stumps really helped give our guys the ‘ah-ha’ moment and gets them excited about Peterson products and the work we do every day.”

Port of Longview Staffer to Lead State Public Relations Committee

Ashley Helenberg, Public Affairs Manager for the Port of Longview, has been named chairwoman of the Washington Public Ports Association’s Public Relations Committee. The WPPA’s Executive Committee appointed her to the position in July.

“Our executive board recognized Ashley’s professional excellence, and we are excited for her to take over leadership of this important group,” said Eric Johnson, executive director of WPPA. “Ashley’s deep knowledge of communication and community outreach strategies will be a great asset to our members.”

The Public Relations Committee promotes Washington State’s strong, diverse network of 75 ports and the benefits they provide locally, regionally, and nationally.

“As the Port of Longview grows in both size and influence, this is a great opportunity to accept the responsibility to leverage this for the benefit of all our state’s ports,” said Geir-Eilif Kalhagen, CEO of the Port of Longview.