machinery rowSteve Killgore

Killgore Takes Helm at Timber Products Co.

Steve Killgore

In February, longtime local wood products executive Steve Killgore was named CEO of Timber Products Co., a nearly 100-year-old Springfield-based diversified wood products company.

Killgore has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, most recently at Springfield-based Roseburg Forest Products, where he was responsible for lumber, plywood, and engineered wood products.


Komatsu America Completes 100,000th Service Interval

Komatsu America Corp. and its distributor, Komatsu Northeast, announced the completion of Komatsu CARE’s 100,000th service interval. Komatsu America pioneered complimentary maintenance for Tier 4 machines in the construction industry with the launch of Komatsu CARE in 2011, the company said.

The 100,000th interval was completed on a Komatsu PC228USLC-10. A service certificate was presented to machine owner and Komatsu Northeast customer J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, at a ceremony to celebrate the milestone.


13,000th Ponsse Machine and Expansion Celebration

Ponsse recently celebrated two important milestones — the biggest expansion project in the company’s history reached the topping-out phase, and the factory produced the 13,000th forest machine made in the Vieremä facility in Finland.      

The current production facility investment is the biggest in Ponsse’s history; the factory will expand from the current 2.7 hectares (6.7 acres) to 4 hectares (almost 10 acres). Most importantly, the investment will contribute to ongoing improvement and development of quality, flexibility, safety, and productivity of Ponsse’s operations.


2017 Kenworth Dealer of the Year Award

MHC Kenworth – Colorado received the prestigious 2017 Kenworth Dealer of the Year Award for the United States and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting.

Said Mike Murphy, CEO of MHC Kenworth, which operates 68 Kenworth dealerships in 16 states, “This award was earned by our dedicated employees, who are committed to providing Whatever It Takes support in every facet of our business. We appreciate this award and thank our customers for their continued business.”


Steve KillgoreRotochopper University Attracts Machine Owners

Rotochopper owners and operators gathered at Rotochopper’s manufacturing facility in St. Martin, Minnesota, for training the last two weeks of February. The customer service department hosts Rotochopper University annually for companies that have purchased Rotochopper grinders the past year. This year the company hosted nearly 70 students from 38 companies across the U.S. and Canada.

The two-day class included a manufacturing facility tour, equipment operation best practice training, a hands-on demonstration, and plenty of networking opportunities allowing machine owners to learn from each other as well. This year the education focused on how to properly feed your grinder, how to perform preventative maintenance, and how to troubleshoot. The hands-on demonstration showed attendees how to install B-Loc keyless bushings on a Rotochopper grinder.

TimberWest November/December 2013
March/April 2018

On the Cover
Lindsay Mohlere captures a John Deere 2154 working in an Idaho forest.

A Legacy Going Strong
Starting out as far back as Idaho statehood, the Brown family has carried the logging tradition into the fifth generation.

Finding Success in the Residuals Market
Wood shavings may be regarded as a waste product, but for Gem Shavings, supplying animal bedding has proven to be a successful business model.

Eastside Challenges of Modern Day Logging
Kreige Logging understands that overcoming challenges is part of running a successful business.

Sawmill Training Takes a Seat in the Classroom
Five wood products manufacturing companies have teamed up with North Idaho College and Lewis-Clark State College to gather $482,582 for sawmill training.

The Fix Is in! ... Or Is It?
Congress passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus budget that has solved the “fire borrowing” conundrum that has plagued the Forest Service for years.

Focus on Building Leadership
Intermountain Logging Conference review.

2018 OLC Pictorial Review
A look at the highlights of the recent conference.

Guest Column: Forestry’s Best Days are Yet to Come. Here’s Why.
Nick Smith of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities explains what lays ahead for the industry.

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