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Bud McClain Passes
Long-time logger, Melvin H. “Bud” McClain, will be missed. He passed away peacefully December 22, 2007. Born October 5, 1916, he was cruising timber throughout Central Oregon by age 17, and at 19, he was employed by Crawford Logging where he skidded logs with horse teams.                       

At the outbreak of WWII, Mr. McClain joined the Air Force as a mechanic, but after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was sent to Texas for pilot training. Captain McClain completed an unprecedented 52 missions as a B-24 bomber pilot-in-command and earned numerous decorations, including the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four bronze clusters, and a Purple Heart.                       

Shortly after the war ended, he and his brothers Jim and Bert participated in a veteran’s lottery and won old surplus army trucks, which they assembled and then put into operation in Central Oregon as log trucks. They formed McClain Brothers and, over the years, Jim and Bert hauled logs for many of the logging operations in Central Oregon.                       

Bud began working for Harold Barclay Logging Company and eventually become the manager. He also served on the Board of the Oregon Logging Conference, chaired the Safety Committee, and became the President in 1980. Our condolences go out to the McClain family.

Peterson Appoints New Blower Truck Sales Manager
In November, Peterson appointed Victor Acevedo as Blower Truck Sales Manager. Acevedo will focus on Blower truck sales, support, and demonstrations, assisting the regional sales managers and dealers with the specialized blower truck market. Acevedo has worked for Peterson since 1993 and will be based in Eugene, Ore.

Promotion at Peterson Machinery
Peterson Machinery Co. announced that Bryan Barnes has been promoted to Sales Manager. He will have responsibility over the prime product sales force for the organization.

“Expanding Bryan’s role allows us to take our sales team in a new direction, and his outstanding leadership skills are a key component driving our 2008 objectives for the organization,” says Jeff Goggin, President of Peterson Machinery.

Madill adds distribution
Madill Equipment is adding distribution in both New Zealand, Australia and Russia. Randalls Equipment in Melbourne will distribute Madill’s mechanized machines for Australia and Tasmania, while Gough Gough & Hamer, Madill’s yarder distributor, will continue to retail Madill’s cable line.                       

In New Zealand, Madill’s adding two more distribution networks — Active Equipment based out of Rotorua and Gibson’s Equipment in Nelson. Gough’s will continue to handle the yarders for New Zealand.                       

Madill will partner with Vadex Ltd. based out of Irkutsk in western Siberia. The vast forest lands offer great opportunities.

Morbark Concludes 50th Year Anniversary
Morbark completed its year-long celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary with public and private open houses that included food, drinks, and tours of the new office building that is a testament to how far Morbark has come. Morbark began in 1957, in a small blacksmith shop in Winn, Mich., when Norval “Nub” Morey and Robert Baker became partners in the invention and patenting of the “log debarking apparatus.” Over the years, the company grew from building sawmill equipment, and now it also manufactures forestry, tree care, and wood-waste recycling equipment.                       

Lon Morey, president and CEO of Morbark Inc. said, “We’ve experienced a lot of changes in the last 10 years. Our company is much stronger today as a whole. We focus on teaming and collaboration among employees and those who help us achieve our goals.”

Tigercat Appoints Triad Machinery
Tigercat is pleased to announce the appointment of Triad Machinery as its exclusive, authorized full-line distributor for the states of Washington and Oregon. Triad will also be covering Northern California, Idaho, and Northwest Montana. This new appointment was effective January 1, 2008.