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TimberWest November/December 2013

May/June 2015

Photo of the Schlafer team at Covelo, Calif., with Paul Shandel on the left, loader operator, Ramon Echeverria, in the center and Antone Schlafer on the right.

Nothing Stands in Schlafer’s Way
Schlafer and his small logging crew don’t know the meaning of impossible, and that is one of the keys to his success.

IFG’s Wood-Eating Machine
Idaho Forest Group (IFG) recently unveiled its new HewSaw SL250 3.4 installation at the 2015 Small Log Conference.

Cold Winter Bumps Up Demand for Pellets
Purcell Premium Pellets, based
in Hauser, Idaho, talks pellets.

New Cable Yarder Takes to the Woods
T-Mar sees the need for a new steep slope cable yarder specifically designed to address the increasing volumes of second-growth timber.

Keeping the Wheels Turning
Ever since Joel Olson built his first logging road and bought his first three log trucks, innovation and attention to detail have been key to his business.

Top Five Causes of Forest Equipment Fires
Although most machines are equipped with fire suppression systems, operators can take steps to help prevent fires.

Tech Review
Firewood Processing Equipment


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Machinery Row

John Deere Celebrates 50 Years of Skidder Manufacturing

In 1965, John Deere introduced the 440 Skidder. The quality lives on in 2015 through the introduction of the L-Series and a celebration of John Deere’s 50th Anniversary manufacturing and designing skidders. Built on 178 years of groundbreaking innovation, backed by over a half-century in the woods and designed with proven components to withstand the toughest environments, these machines represent the best that is in John Deere as a manufacturer.

“The 50th anniversary of our first skidder is a major milestone that demonstrates John Deere’s unmatched commitment to developing equipment solutions for the types of challenges loggers face in the woods every day,” said Marty Wilkinson, vice president, Worldwide Forestry & Business Development, John Deere Construction & Forestry.

USNR Acquires Söderhamn Eriksson

USNR announced that it has acquired Söderhamn Eriksson and all of its subsidiaries from Cellwoodgruppen AB. Even before this acquisition, USNR was the world’s largest supplier of equipment and technologies for the sawmill industry, and the addition of Söderhamn Eriksson further cements USNR’s leadership position.

George Van Hoomissen, president and CEO of USNR, commented that he was very interested in the opportunity to acquire Söderhamn Eriksson because he felt that Söderhamn Eriksson’s strong market position in Europe would complement USNR’s strong position in North America, and that both companies’ positions would be strengthened as a result of the combination in South America, Australia/New Zealand, Russia, and Asia.

Leavitt Machinery Named Dealer for Pettibone/Traverse Lift

Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC announces the addition of Leavitt Machinery to its dealer network for all material handling product lines. Leavitt will carry Pettibone equipment at its locations in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in Canada, and Washington in the U.S.

Leavitt Machinery’s full-service branches provide cost-effective new and used equipment sales, emergency repairs and planned maintenance, long- and short-term equipment rentals, operator safety training and extensive parts support. The company’s primary emphasis with Pettibone will be promoting the Cary-Lift product line for pipe handling in oil and gas applications, as well as for tire handling in mines and quarries.

PetersonPeterson Awards Barry Equipment Dealer of the Year

Peterson Pacific, of Eugene, Ore., announced Barry Equipment Co. of Webster, Massachusetts, as their 2014 Dealer of the Year. This is the third year in a row that Barry Equipment has won the award.

“Barry Equipment Co. has achieved this award three times in a row due to their assembly of a world class sales and product support team. Their support after the sale is unsurpassed within our industry, and Barry’s dedication, focus, and vision to the Peterson product line, and the markets we serve, make them a tremendous partner and raises the bar for dealer performance,” said Brian Gray, Eastern Sales manager.

LBX Company Announces Director, Marketing and Communication

LBX Company, maker of Link-Belt excavators has announced that Rob Orlowski has joined LBX as Director of Marketing and Communication.

Prior to his most recent role as Product Manager for Excavators at Komatsu America Corp., Rob spent 14 years with CNH in various sales and marketing roles in construction equipment, after sales and financial services, including Marketing Product Manager-Global Telematics, Market Intelligence Manager, and Business Development Manager. Rob is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has a good knowledge of Mandarin.

“I am very pleased to have Rob join our team as Director of Marketing and Communication. As LBX continues to grow in North America and Latin America, Rob’s leadership and broad experience in our industry make him well suited for the job,” stated LBX President and CEO Eric Sauvage.

Hyster Names Elite 2014 Dealer of Distinction Award Recipients

Hyster Company announced its 2014 Dealer of Distinction award recipients. This annual award recognizes the company’s most elite, top-performing dealers who have achieved the highest level of customer support and business performance.

Most of the companies recognized came from the Northwest. Congrats!

Hyster Dealer: Dealer Principal:

Arnold Machinery Company – AZ Kayden Bell

Arnold Machinery Company – CO Kirk Reese

Arnold Machinery Company – UT Mike Brown

Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Central Wash. Chris Wetle

Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Eugene Brian Harris

Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Fremont Rick Bray

Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Fresno Randy Hall

Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Portland Paul Jensen

Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Sacramento Chris Blythe

Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Seattle Dave Pickard

Papé Material Handling, Inc. – Spokane Ken Pollard