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TimberWest November/December 2013

March/April 2015

ON THE COVER
The GP grapple processor head by Pierce Pacific allows a single carrier to accomplish tasks that normally tie up two machines.

Making the Cut
Mike Pihl Logging continues to find success with its ‘never give up’ motto

Making a Niche
Pacific Logging and Processing finds a niche providing services for small-scale private landowners, which the company calls “‘permits to planting”

Wood Biomass Column
Oregon Sen. backs woody biomass
for government buildings

Pursuing Innovation
Tolko Industries teams with Oregon Manufacturer to try out GP head are
small volume applications.

Teaching Teachers
Sustainable Forestry Tour
Opens Teachers’ Eyes

Stewards of the Future
Chilkat Logging is Oregon’s only certified logging operation located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation

Oregon Logging Conference Review
Highlights of the OLC,
including pictorial review

RLC Review
Highlights of the 2015 Redwood
Logging Conference

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In the News

Association News

New Products

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In the News

More U.S. Renters Plan to Buy in 2016

According to Zillow, in 2016 we should expect to see a surge of renters deciding to buy homes. The data suggest a 25 percent increase, totaling 5.2 million individuals purchasing homes next year.

The data also suggested that confidence in the housing market is returning.


Wyden and Wildfires

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden voiced his thoughts on wildfires at a recent town hall meeting. With the 2015 fire season looking to be a bad one, he said one of his top priorities in the next few weeks is to fix the broken system of fighting fires.

“Understand the focus has got to be on prevention — thinning and going in there and clearing out the underbrush and small trees.”

Wyden said payment to fight these big fires should come from disaster funds, leaving money to thin and do other work to prevent the horrific fires.


Swanson Group Purchases Olympic Panel Products

Swanson Group Manufacturing LLC announced that it has acquired the assets of Olympic Panel Products LLC. Located in Shelton, Wash., Olympic Panel is the largest overlay plywood manufacturer in North America.

Swanson Group plans to relocate the Olympic Panel assets in 2016 to its state-of-the-art facility that will be constructed in Springfield, Ore. The new facility will continue to produce Olympic-branded products. During the next twelve to eighteen months, Olympic Panel Products will continue to operate in Shelton to ensure a smooth transition for all customers and suppliers.

“Swanson is building a world-class plywood and veneer manufacturing facility in a location with an excellent workforce and log supply,” said Steve Swanson, president and CEO of Swanson Group. “We have long been impressed with the quality and depth of Olympic’s overlay product line and believe that this acquisition fits perfectly with our goal to become the leading producer of overlay panels in North America.”


Red Rock Biofuels May Be Producing Jet Fuel Soon

The Denver Post reported that Fort Collins-based Red Rock Biofuels, entered a partnership with Flagship Ventures to build a $200 million refinery in Oregon.

“These are the guys who are going to help us get over the finish line,” said Terry Kulesa, Red Rock’s CEO and co-founder.

Red Rock received a $70 million federal grant to build a refinery in Lakeview, Ore., but it wasn’t enough to fully fund the project.

“Their product saves money for customers and offers a stable alternative to the volatile crude oil market, while reducing carbon emissions — a growing priority for companies,” Brian Baynes, a Flagship partner, said in a statement.

The refinery will be located in Oregon because of Red Rock’s long-term agreements with the Collins Co., a sawmill that has been in operation since 1855 (94 years before the first jets were seen in the skies).


Ponsse Open for Business in Oregon

Ponsse held its ribbon cutting ceremony on February 20, 2015, for its first sales and service center in the Pacific Northwest. In Coburg, Ore., folks cheered as Business Development Manager Stacy Wagler (left) and Ponsse President Pekka Ruuskanen (right) cut the ribbon.

The Finnish company’s 11,200 square foot facility is right off Interstate-5, north of Eugene, and will serve Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Northern California. It is a fully equipped equipment repair facility, including hydraulic component repair with the ability to make hydraulic hoses.

Ponsse’s Steven Baker has relocated to Oregon to run the center.