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Olofsfors Celebrates 250 Years
Olofsfors was founded in 1762, making this their 250th anniversary!
In 1762 John Jennings, at the time one of the most powerful men in Sweden, came to Västerbotten County. At the Ledu River’s outlet, about three miles west of today’s Nordmaling, he built a blast furnace and a forge. He named the place Olofsfors. The production of iron required an enormous amount of charcoal, and there was forest as well as three rivers that created hydropower for hammers and blowers. It was also close to the sea for easy transportation. This was how Olofsfors AB – one of the oldest companies in Sweden – began.
The genuine craftsmanship in Olofsfors products has been passed down from one generation to another. When industrialization gained momentum in Sweden in the 19th century, Olofsfors was able to go from small-scale ironworks to manufactory forging. In the early 1900s, chains became the company’s success product. The conditions in the outside world changed in the mid-1900s when forestry was mechanized and trucks took over timber transportation. Olofsfors adapted to these developments and switched from chains to tracks for forest machines – the now widely known ECO-Tracks. During the 1970s, Olofsfors also began to develop cutting edges and wear bars, which are still strong products under the SharqEdges and Bruxite brands.
John Deere Extends 0% Financing
John Deere has extended its zero-percent financing offer on select forestry equipment to Oct. 31, 2012. Originally slated to end June 30, the offer provides 0% APR for 36 months on wheeled and tracked feller bunchers, tracked harvesters, and skidders.
Other terms available include 1.9 percent APR for 48 months and 2.9 percent for 60 months. www.deere.com
Western States Wins Eagle Award for Excellence in Forestry
Caterpillar Forest Products presented its Eagle Award to Cat dealer Western States Equipment Co., headquartered in Boise, Idaho, in recognition of their world-class sales and support of purpose-built forestry equipment in 2011.
Factors that were measured to determine the winners included percentage of industry sales (PINS), parts in-stock availability, significant business breakthroughs, and engagement in the forestry industry. Western States, which serves Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, demonstrated excellence by leading the Northwest market in sales of both harvesting and millyard machines.
Kobelco Celebrates 25,000th Excavator
Kobelco Construction Machinery American produced its 25,000th American -made excavator. During a ceremony to mark the occasion, Kobelco executives recognized staff and management who helped achieve the significant manufacturing milestone and presented the 25,000th unit to local dignitaries, special guests, and more than 200 plant employees.
The 25,000th unit, a Kobelco SK350 Mark 9 Series full-sized excavator, will be delivered to CLM Equipment Co. Inc., a Kobelco dealer based in Louisiana, with locations across the Gulf region. www.kobelcoamerica.com
Papé Kenworth – Medford Moves to Expanded Facility
Papé Kenworth – Medford has expanded its operation and relocated to Central Point, Ore., with convenient access to Interstate 5 off Exit 33.
The new full-service facility is located at 4300 Hadley Drive, Suite 100, in Central Point. The dealership’s 9,100 square-foot service department contains seven service bays and also offers a specialized service bay equipped with a jib crane.
To provide excellent parts support, the facility has 1,250 square feet of parts display and 6,300 square feet of parts storage. A nearly 5,200 square-foot wash bay building is also on the site. www.papekenworth.com
Sennebogen Names Top Dealers
SENNEBOGEN LLC, recently named its best-performing dealers of 2011, which included Bejac Equipment in Placentia, Calif., and Modern Machinery in Kent, Wash. Top distributors credit a consistent focus on customer support as a key factor in sales growth through the past business year.
Wood-Mizer Takes Applications for Professional Sawyer Program
Wood-Mizer announced that it is taking applications for a new program for Wood-Mizer sawmill owners throughout the United States — the Pro Sawyer Network. Wood-Mizer is focused on creating a network of professional sawyers that is vital to providing local sawing services to their communities. For more information visit www.woodmizer.com/pro.
Tigercat Celebrates 20th
This past June, Tigercat celebrated 20 years in business. The June 21 and 22 formal events included factory tours, a dinner and party for 1,300 guests, and a premiere screening of ‘20’, a film by Tigercat that tracks (in high definition) the beginnings of the company, some of the challenges, and what the Tigercat brand means to its customers.
In a few months, Tigercat will build its 12,000th machine, and it has a bright future ahead. www.tigercat.com
Bandit Announces New Dealer in California
Bandit Industries announces the addition of a new dealer in Foothill, California. It will provide sales and service for Bandit hand-fed chippers and stump grinders, while also serving most chipper owners by stocking Zenith knives for a variety of machines. The brand-new dealership is conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Diego, serving customers in both metro areas as well as the entire Southern California region. www.banditofsocal.com
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