March April 2005





Papé Machinery, Inc. Expands Territory
In a move that will substantially increase the territory of Papé Machinery, the Eugene, Ore.-based company announced in February that it had purchased the assets of Nortrax West — the entire western region of Nortrax, a John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer, with eight locations in northern California and western Nevada. "The addition of these dealerships further strengthens our presence in markets where we already serve the capital equipment needs of customers with our Hyster, Bobcat, and Ingersoll-Rand lines," says Randy Papé, president and CEO of The Papé Group, Inc. With the addition of the eight former Nortrax locations, Papé Machinery now serves customers in 20 locations in four states.

California Forest Products Commission
The board of the California Forest Products Commission has elected three new officers. Pete Himmel, manager of Timber Products Co.'s California operations, has been elected chairman. Frank Barron, chief forester of Crane Mills in Corning, has been elected vice chairman. Kevin Paldino, director of sales and marketing at The Pacific Lumber Co., was elected secretary-treasurer.

Deere & Company Announces Changes
Deere & Company announced that Samuel R. Allen will become President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, succeeding Pierre E. Leroy. Leroy elected to retire after 29 years of service, including 20 years as an officer of the company. For the past nine years, Leroy has served as President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division. Allen joined Deere in 1975 and has held a variety of management positions. Most recently, Allen served as President, Global Financial Services, John Deere Power Systems and Corporate Human Resources. Allen has worked in management positions at several John Deere factories and also has led John Deere operations in Latin America, Australia and Asia. The company has also appointed Eric Hansotia, Vice President, Forestry Equipment, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division. Hansotia succeeds Mikko Rysa who announced his retirement after more than 35 successful years in the forestry business.

Minnes Technical Assistant for Acrowood
A recent graduate of the University of Washington, Julie Minnes, is the new Marketing Associate for Acrowood. She earned a degree from the College of Forest Resources in Paper Science and Engineering and has interned at Weyerhaeuser Technology Center and Buckman Laboratories.



Tyrone Kelley Deputy Forest Supervisor
Tyrone Kelley, 46, who previously worked as staff officer for engineering, recreation, lands and minerals on national forests in Birmingham, Ala., is now the deputy forest supervisor at Lake Tahoe. He will be working closely with Forest Supervisor Maribeth Gustafson in making crucial decisions about how to manage the 165,000 acres of the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Supertrak appoints Benson
Supertrak has appointed Dick Benson of Onalaska, Wash. as their Western US Region Manager. Benson will handle sales of the Supertrak Vegetation Management Equipment and the Fecon Bull Hog Products for Supertrak in the Western US and Alaska. Prior to his appointment, Benson worked for various other Companies, most recently as Region Manager For Takeuchi Manufacturing and for Fecon, Inc.


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