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TimberWest November/December 2013

January/February 2016

ON THE COVER
Photo taken at the 2015 Oregon Logging
Conference

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Running Big, Running Strong
Jerry DeBriae, owner and founder of Jerry DeBriae Logging Inc. of Cathlamet, Washington, has over five decades of experience tackling just about every challenge a logging contractor will face.

A Road Well Travelled
R D Reeves Construction finds the solutions to stay diversified and local.

Woody Biomass
Stripping fact from fiction

All Hands on Deck
Miller Timber Services and Wildland Firefighting Crews

Tire Evaluation Test

China Amping up Imports
China aims to increase the volume of timber imports from the U.S. despite stagnant economy.

Foresters Face Paradigm Shift 
for Logging Steep Slopes

Technology from New Zealand is set to create a whole new — and safer — way of logging

Gradual Growth for North American Sawmill
Vancouver Urban Timberworks started out modestly and grew into their new Wood-Mizer WM1000

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Machinery Row

BID Group Acquires WaneShear and Ron McGehee

The BID Group of Companies announced that it has acquired WaneShear Technologies LLC of Ukiah, California, and is pleased to welcome Ron McGehee and his talented team to the BID Group.

“Adding Ron McGehee and his experienced team expands our equipment and service product lines including the new “Profiling Machine” for primary and secondary breakdown systems. This new line of products and Ron’s expertise in breakdown equipment and sawmill technologies will further enhance the BID Group’s abilities to offer a complete solution to our highly valued customers,” said Alistair Cook, CEO of the BID Group. “We want to serve our customers throughout the industry with a full range of equipment, installation, and after-sales service.”


Papé Machinery Adds HoneyComb’s AgDrone System

Papé Machinery has been added to the HoneyComb Corporation’s elite dealership network to provide drone-based aerial imaging for agriculture industry leaders who demand accurate information for timely oversight of their operations.

HoneyComb’s AgDrone can fly 800 acres in one hour and process that data in approximately three hours. The system has everything needed to plan flights, fly, collect and process data, and then relay it back to the farmer through a secure web portal. Field hands and managers can see and discuss the data from their locations in the field, the office, or their vehicle.


Hyster Receives Product of the Year Award

Hyster Company announced it has received a 2015 Product of the Year Award from Energy Manager Today in the materials handling category. The award was earned for the company’s PSI industrial lift truck engines featuring Hyster Variable Power Technology. Award recipients were determined by an appointed panel of expert judges working in the energy management field who are dedicated to improving energy strategies across a wide range of industries.


Port of Longview Terminates CEO Kalhagen

In January, Geir-Eilif Kalhagen was terminated without cause from his position as CEO at the Port of Longview.

The board of commissioners reached this decision based on its differing vision of growth and development for the Port of Longview. The commissioners announced that they are exploring all options for interim and long-term succession plans. They expressed confidence in the port’s current senior leadership to oversee all operations while the board of commissioners evaluates its options.

The Port of Longview is in a strong position and is poised for future growth and new business opportunities. The board focused on continuing to build upon this momentum and is optimistic about the port’s direction, while looking forward to a successful 2016.


Ponsse Wins Swedish Steel Prize 2015 for Harvester

The 2015 winner of the international Swedish Steel Prize is Finland’s Ponsse. The prize was awarded for the company’s new generation of forest harvester, the Scorpion. Using high-strength steel, Ponsse realized a revolutionary design on the Scorpion, which improves both performance and comfort.

“Ponsse has not only significantly improved operator ergonomics, but also enhanced functionality and safety and increased productivity with this new design,” said Gregoire Parenty, chairman of the jury and executive vice president and head of market development at steel manufacturer SSAB.

The Ponsse Scorpion features a symmetrical crane boom where the operator sits in the center point of all movements.