Schwarzenegger Names Chrisman
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Mike Chrisman, a
fourth-generation Visalia farm owner and regional manager for San Joaquin
Valley, as secretary of the California Resources Agency. Chris-man, if
confirmed, will lead 15,000 employees and a budget of more than $5 billion,
overseeing departments that regulate endangered species, logging, state parks,
water and other issues across the state.
Wrobleski Hired as VP
Ann Wrobleski, an international affairs expert with more than 18 years of
experience in Washington, D.C., was hired by AP&PA as Vice President of its
International division. Since 1990, she has worked with numerous international
clients and foreign governments with The Jefferson Group, Jefferson Waterman
International, LLC, and for the past 18 months as CEO for Halliday, Inc., an
advocacy lobbying assistance firm. She has also worked with major
telecommunications and energy clients, representing them and other clients
before the U.S. Departments of Treasury, State, Commerce, the USTR, and the
LogMax to Acquire Caterpillar
Harvester and Forwarder Equipment Lines
It has been announced that Log Max will acquire Caterpillar’s line of
cut-to-length harvesters and forwarders. The transaction will not affect any of
Caterpillar’s other forestry product offerings and the two companies plan to
work closely together to assure that current machine owners receive ongoing
support. The transaction is expected to close February 9, 2004.
Swan President of WBMA
Jeff Swan, owner of Evergreen Lumber Inc. in Tacoma, Wash., was elected
president of the Western Building Material Association for 2004. He can be
reached at email@example.com.
Tigercat Expands Manufacturing
Tigercat has acquired three former steel fabrication facilities to expand its
manufacturing capacity. The acquisition will have a number of positive effects,
including more floor space for assembly of Tigercat machines.
The assembly of skidders and forwarders are already being relocated to one of
the newly acquired fabrication plants formerly occupied by Metalfab. The move
will reduce lead time for steel fabrications and eliminate transport costs of
these bulky steel components from one plant to another.
By freeing up the former skidder assembly facility, a dedicated plant will be
available for loader assembly. "The dedicated loader facility will give us the
space required to ramp up production to the levels dictated by current market
demands," says plant manager, Martin Jennings.
Pope & Talbot Names New CFO and
Richard Atkinson came on board as Pope & Talbot’s vice president and chief
financial officer. Atkinson joins the Pope & Talbot team after 23 years with
Sierra Pacific Resources. Maria Pope, who previously held Atkinson’s position,
will lead the company's wood products business.
Risley Appoints New Territory
Risley Equipment has refreshed its long standing commitment to the forest
industry with changes that will include a reinvigorated dedication to product
research and development, increased depth of product line, a realignment of
management responsibilities and a renewal of the company’s presence in forestry
markets such as the Pacific Northwest.
In the Pacific Northwest, Risley has given Alf Mielty responsibility for sales
and customer satisfaction within the region. Widely respected field service
specialist Pete Reifel has re-joined Risley and will service the area from his
base in Klamath Falls, Ore. Portland will remain Risley’s western parts
distribution center, making overnight shipments to locations throughout the USA.
Brazell Takes Helm as New
Rick Brazell signed on as new Forest Supervisor for the Colville Washington
National Forest. Brazell, who now heads up a bureaucracy, says he doesn’t like
them. "I believe in relationships and getting to know people," he says.
He realizes more acres need to be thinned to be as ready as possible for the
next fire season. With that in mind, he has already required his staff to create
a five-year action plan to address the fuel load issue.
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