March April, 2004






Volvo Generation2 Used Equipment Program
Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Asheville, N.C. has introduced a new pre-owned construction equipment remarketing program for its dealers and their customers. The program, Volvo Generation2, is designed to give equipment owners access to pre-owned, Volvo-certified machines that meet Volvo’s rigid factory standards and remarketing specifications. The equipment is supported by unique warranty plans and a variety of flexible finance arrangements. The new Volvo Generation2 program was introduced in October 2003, and is in full operation at many Volvo CE authorized dealer locations. There are two categories of machinery. Category One includes machines no more than three years old with less than 4,000 hours and no structural problems. These machines should also be in like-new condition with a minimum of 70 percent of their life remaining and a 50 percent life left on tires and undercarriage. Category Two includes equipment that is less than five years old and has fewer than 6,000 hours, no structural problems and 50 percent life remaining.

Wood-Mizer opens Alaska Sales Center
Portable and industrial band sawmill manufacturer Wood-Mizer had a grand opening celebration at its newest location in Palmer, Alaska this March. The new location will be managed veteran Wood-Mizer sawmill owners by Carl, Russ, and Sonya Frantzich. The location will offer some of the most common replacement parts, along with performing emergency service and will play host to customer seminars and field days. The Alaska ASC enhances Wood-Mizer’s already strong representation in the west, which also includes a full-service branch in Portland, Oregon, and an authorized sales center in Sheridan, California. The Portland Branch will serve as the main support arm for the new Alaska ASC, and as Wood-Mizer’s nerve center in the west. For more information about Wood-Mizer Products, phone (317) 808-0849, or e-mail For detailed directions to the new Alaska location, call the office directly, at (907) 746-3030 or visit

Oregon Forestry Board Gains Members and Honors Operators
In February, three new members joined the Oregon Board of Forestry. Barbara D. Craig of Portland, Stephen D. Hobbs of Corvallis, and Jennifer K. Phillippi of Cave Junction will serve four-year terms on the board, which sets policy for the forestlands of the state. The Oregon Board of Forestry also selected regional Operator of the Year Award winners for 2003. The winners are recognized for conducting their forest operations in a manner that helps protect natural resources, often exceeding the state’s Forest Practice Act rules. . • Mark Tsiatsos, M&S Timber Company of LaGrande, earned the Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year Award for an integrated and comprehensive land management approach promoting sustainable use of forestlands.
• Brent Parries, Pacific Forest Contractors of Estacada, was honored with the Northwest Oregon Operator of the Year Award for a 41-acre operation that includes a wetland area and two fish bearing streams.
• Lone Rock Logging, Lone Rock Timber Company of Roseburg, was awarded the Southwest Oregon Operator of the Year Award for timber harvesting above Cooper Creek Reservoir, Sutherlin. The crew took numerous precautions to mitigate the steep terrain and safeguard the reservoir.
• Blaine Waldiene, LA Logging, Inc. of Coquille, received a merit award for harvesting timber on very steep and difficult terrain in the Elliott State Forest.
• Russ Young, Iron Triangle, LLC of John Day, also received a merit award for harvesting stands with forest health challenges, such as overstocking, heavy mistletoe infections and bark beetle outbreaks.

John Yeoman Leads Aftermarket Parts
John Yeoman recently accepted the position of general manager with Aftermarket Parts, Inc. During his 27 years in the forestry equipment field, John has held top management positions at both Timberjack and John Deere. Most recently, he directed Minnpar’s efforts to develop their forestry equipment parts division. John’s immediate plans are to broaden Aftermarket Parts’ current product line within the timber harvesting field and develop a stronger market presence.

Operations Switching Hands
Boise Cascade Corp. has announced it will sell its plywood plant and sawmill complex in Yakima, Wash. to Frontier Resources LLC, of Eugene, Ore. Boise will continue to retain ownership of its approximately 200,000 acres of Central Washington timberlands. According to a news release from Boise, Frontier is in the process of developing its plans for the acquired properties. The Associated Press reported that Panel Products of Milwaukie, Ore. has purchased the former Louisiana-Pacific veneer drying operation in Rogue River, Ore. The Lanoga Corp.’s Lumbermens building material supply subsidiary has agreed to purchase San Lorenzo Lumber Co., a six-facility lumberyard operator headquartered in Santa Cruz, Calif., says the American City Business Journals. Lanoga operates 300 facilities in 20 states, and the new yards begin using the Lumbermens name beginning March 1.

Blount Organization Changes
Blount, Inc. FIED has announced that the senior management structure is being realigned to position the Company to take advantage of the growth opportunities that lie ahead. “It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mr. George E. Albright to the position of Vice President of Product Support for FIED, effective immediately,” said Dennis Eagan, President. Most recently, George was with Volvo Construction Equipment as its VP of Product Support. James Pfeiffer will assume the newly created position of VP of Marketing for Blount, Inc. FIED. Dick Hemmelgarn will now be responsible for sales of all Logger ’s brand products and Timberking products.


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