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Machinery Row

Randy Papé Will be Deeply Missed
Randy Papé, of Eugene, Ore., lost his fight with cancer at the young age of 58.

Papé is credited with the continuous expansion of one of Oregon’s largest privately held businesses. Continuing from the company his grandfather founded in 1938, he built The Papé Group into a holding company of six entities that provide sales and services for heavy equipment, material handling equipment, and corporate aircraft in seven western states — from Alaska to California.

Papé was also president and chairman of the board for Liberty Financial Group, a board member of NW Natural, and a commissioner for the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Papé chaired the United Way giving campaign in 1990, was a board member of The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, the Oregon Trail Council of Boy Scouts of America, and he served with numerous nonprofit organizations.

“Randy touched the lives of countless people and helped everyone achieve their absolute best,” the Papé family said in a written statement. “Always enthusiastic, positive, and caring, Randy lived life to the fullest.”

Jones Joins Bandit Industries
Bandit Industries, Inc. appointed Chad Jones as Sales Representative for the Southwest United States. Chad can be reached by calling Bandit corporate headquarters at (800) 952-0178, ext. 259 or by e-mailing

Potlatch Names New Executives
Potlatch Corporation announced the appointment of Thomas J. Temple as Vice President of wood products. Temple joined the company November 3, 2008, and replaces Richard K. Kelly, who will retire at the end of the year.

In addition, Linda K. Massman accepted an offer to serve as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Clearwater Paper Corporation, the proposed spin-off of Potlatch’s pulp-based businesses.

Link-Belt Adds New Branch
LBX Company, makers of Link-Belt Excavators, Forestry, Demolition and Material Handling Equipment, announced the opening of Bejac Corporation’s new branch in Rancho Cordova, Calif., located in the Sacramento area. The area of coverage ranges from Northern California through the Fresno market area. This appointment is effective immediately.

“Bejac has an excellent reputation with contractors for quality service and support and has been an outstanding partner for LBX in representing the Link-Belt Excavator product line, said Mike Davis, Director of Marketing and Sales for LBX Company.

Bejac Corporation also has branches in Placentia, and Escondido, CA and is online at

Case Names Danny McGaugh General Manager
Case Construction Equipment named Danny McGaugh as Vice President and General Manager of Case Power and Equipment. In this role, McGaugh is responsible for managing the sales, service, and operations of the dealership’s eight locations in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

McGaugh comes to Case Power and Equipment with 25 years of experience in sales and management. Previously, he served eight years in various leadership positions in sales, marketing, and branch management at Road Machinery in Arizona.

New Tigercat Distribution in Montana
Tigercat Industries announced the appointment of Equipment Service Group, based out of Missoula, Mont.

Equipment Service Group has been awarded full, exclusive Tigercat distribution for the entire State of Montana, effective November 1, 2008. As a former Timbco dealer, Equipment Service Group has a strong service background and is well entrenched in the Montana forestry industry.

Liebherr and John Deere Update Crawler Relationship
Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. and John Deere jointly announced the signing of a long-term sourcing agreement for Deere-branded 950- and 1050-size crawler dozers, and the discontinuation of the existing product supply arrangement for crawler loader machines between Liebherr-Werk Telfs GMBH and John Deere’s Construction & Forestry Division of Moline.

Effective January 2010, the companies have agreed that John Deere’s Construction & Forestry Division will design and manufacture the 605, 655, and 755 crawler loader models in their Dubuque, Iowa, factory and will continue to distribute its own line of crawler loader models in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Peterson Appoints New VP of Sales and Marketing
Peterson Pacific Corp., has hired Michael Kvach as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Kvach has extensive experience with industry associations, contractors, and OEM equipment sales. Most recently, he held the position of Executive Vice President of the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa. He will be based in Eugene, Ore., and can be reached at (541) 689-6520 or at