Aug, 2001





Machinery Row

Kobelco Name Change
Kobelco America Inc. has changed its name to Kobelco
Construction Machinery America LLC, to better reflect the
products and services the company provides. The name
change will not affect the company's logo, ownership or its
manufacturing or sales operations.
USNR Acquires The Forano Group USNR has acquired the Forano Group, one of Canada's leading manufacturers of sawmill machinery and highcapacity lift trucks. Forano was founded in 1973 and currently operates facilities in Montreal and Plessisville,
Quebec as well as Kamloops, British Columbia.
Ronald Brousseau, Forano's president, states that
although Forano was profitable during the last several years,
the severe downturn in the timber industry during the past
year made it impossible for the company to survive as an
independent business. That being the case, he and his management team began looking for a larger company in the
industry which could form an effective partnership with
them and ensure the company's success.
USNR is headquartered in Woodland, Wash., and is the
largest manufacturer of sawmill machinery based in the

New Division Name For Deere
Deere & Company has come up with a new name for
its Construction Equipment Division - Worldwide
Construction and Forestry Division.
With the acquisition of Timberjack last year, the
company feels the new name more accurately reflects the
fact that they are suppliers for both construction and
forestry harvesting equipment.
"The new name provides employees, existing and
prospective customers, and the investment community a
clearer indication of the scope of our business in these
important market segments," said Pierre Leroy, president of
the Worldwide Construction and Forestry Division.

New Members For PLIB
The Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) recently
elected its officers for the 2001-2002 year. David
Poggemoeller of North Enderby Timber Ltd., Enderby,
British Columbia was elected President for a one-year term.
Greg Mobley of RSG Forest Products was elected as Vice
President and Jeff Fantozzi was elected Secretary/Treasurer.
Stepping down from his two-year term as president was
Steve Ingram of Weyerhaeuser Co.
PLIB was established in 1903 and is a non-profit lumber
inspection agency serving over 40 million Oregon,
Washington and British Columbia mills.

Graybeal Receives USDA Honor Award
Nancy Graybeal, a deputy regional forester with the
Forest Service's Pacific Northwest region, received the
USDA Honor Award this past June in Washington, D.C.
The award recognizes leadership; and Graybeal was noted
for her work with helping rural communities improve
their management of natural resources. Her work has
focused primarily on the restoration of watersheds.

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