Machinery Row

Lawson Will be Missed
Roy Lawson of Deary, Idaho recently passed away. He was a valued leader in the industry, nationally recognized, and awarded numerous times for his accomplishments within the environmental and CTL logging community. He will be dearly missed.

New Management at HALLCO
HALLCO has appointed Rick Farmer to the newly formed position of Domestic Sales Manager. His new responsibilities include supervising all the regional sales managers, along with managing various HALLCO Key Accounts. Rick has logged over 20 years of service for HALLCO in a variety of roles.                       

In addition, Howie Sewell has returned to be the Midwest Region Sales Manager for HALLCO. Howie had previously worked in this capacity for eight years, then he worked for Mountain Tarp for two years. Howie is eager to reconnect with his accounts and catch up with old friends.

Pope & Talbot Sells Assets
In August, it was announced that Pope & Talbot was soliciting offers to sell its assets, as part of an agreement with lenders with whom it’s out of compliance. A spokesman for Pope & Talbot told The Oregonian newspaper that “everything is on the table.” In addition to the possible sale of its assets, the company is looking at restructuring its debt and other liabilities.

Modern Machinery Adds Sennebogen Machines
Lamont Cantrell, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Modern Machinery, and the Modern management team recently decided that the time was right for Modern Machinery to represent Sennebogen throughout a large territory in the Pacific Northwest. Cantrell says, “We felt the time was right, and the initial reaction from the marketplace confirms that for us.” Constantino Lannes, president of Sennebogen America, announced that Modern Machinery, based in Missoula, Mont., has been appointed the company’s exclusive distributor for the states of Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. The firm will also serve several counties in northern Wyoming. Sennebogen will also reinforce Modern Machinery’s presence in forestry applications. Its log handlers have been appearing in loading and picking roles for mill yards and transfer stations at a growing rate. www.

New Biodiesel Plant Opens
On August 15, Seattle-based Imperium officially opened the largest biodiesel plant in the nation. The plant, located in Grays Harbor, Wash., has an annual capacity of 100 million gallons. In attendance for the opening, were U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as U.S. Representative Norm Dicks.                       

Although the plant can handle a variety of feedstocks, such as palm oil, soybean oil, and even algae, it will initially process Canola oil. The company wants people to be clear that this is NOT ethanol. “Biodiesel is much more energy efficient, and we do not use corn oil,” says general manager, Sid Watts. “We’re a different animal.” The U.S. consumption of biodiesel has been climbing quickly — 24 million gallons in 2004, 75 million gallons in 2005, and 250 million gallons in 2006.

FECON Names Whitaker
FECON announced Darden Whitaker as Customer Services Manager. Whitaker comes to Fecon with over 17 years of experience, during which he has held positions as President, Director of Operations, Director of Quality, and Program/Product Manager.

Carroll Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Matthew S. Carroll, a professor in the Washington State University department of natural resource sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Merit and Excellence Award from the Natural Resource Working Group of the Rural Sociological Society.                       

In 1995, Carroll authored Community and the Northwestern Logger: Continuities and Change in the Era of the Spotted Owl. More recently, he worked on the social dimensions of wildfires and researched the ways people and communities interpret, respond to, and are impacted by wildfire events. He also received a Fulbright fellowship, in 2006, to study local response to afforestation in Ireland.  

Risley Equipment Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Bruni as Vice President. Mario is responsible for the performance of Risley Equipment including sales and marketing, assembly, customer service, and dealership relationships. Mario can be contacted at 780.228.0578 or by email Risley Equipment Inc. is also pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Timanson as Marketing Manager – Sales Representative. Kevin is responsible for the creation and implementation of marketing strategy for Risley Equipment as well as sales responsibility in Western Canada. Kevin can be contacted at 780.228.0572 or by email Kevin.Timanson@


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