May June, 2003





Machinery Row

Blount and Caterpillar Expand Forestry Offerings
In March, Blount International, Inc. signed worldwide marketing and supply agreements with Caterpillar Inc. that will expand the line of purpose-built forestry equipment currently available to dealers and customers of Blount’s Forestry & Industrial Equipment Division. The long-term agreements with Caterpillar leverage both companies’ capabilities in specific areas of the forestry business, and expand the Prentice brand of track feller-bunchers and Hydro-Ax brand of wheel feller-bunchers already distributed by Blount-FIED dealers. The agreements call for Blount and Caterpillar to make available their current product offerings under a dual distribution model. Blount will continue to sell Blount-branded products through its network of dealers, while Caterpillar dealers will sell Cat-powered products under the Timberking brand name. Production of equipment will occur at both Blount and Caterpillar facilities, with each company focusing on products included in their core competencies.

Tom Legg Appointed to Regional Sales Manager at Partek Forest
Leif Magnusson, President of Partek Forest North America is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Legg to the position of Regional Sales Manager for the Western U.S. Well known in the forest industry, Tom has 26 years of experience in the logging sector. Nineteen years as a logging contractor on the west coast and 7 years at the forestry equipment OEM and dealer support level with another forestry equipment manufacturer. Tom can be reached at 847-770-1342. Partek Forest, part of the Kone Group, is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacture of specialized forestry equipment. Partek, part of Kone has 12500 employees worldwide with annual sales of $2.7 billion.

Frost LP’s Newest VP
Louisiana-Pacific named Richard W. Frost executive vice-president, commodity products, procurement, and engineering. Frost will administer LP's commodity businesses, including OSB, lumber, and engineered wood products.

Hanson New Weyerhaeuser COO
Rich Hanson has been named Weyerhaeuser’s new chief operating officer. People have been speculating that he may replace Steve Rogel in the future, but Hanson says that is not the case. "I am too old," he said. "I have no ambitions of unseating Steve Rogel. I just have ambitions of moving this company forward."

Kickinger Named Stora Enso Timber Manager
Peter Kickinger came on board as the new executive vice-president and head of Stora Enso Timber as of May 1. He replaced Arno Pelkonen, who has been appointed head of the company’s new Forest Products Product Area.

FTS Names Boese
Forest Technology Systems, Ltd. (FTS), an international designer, manufacturer and supplier of remote automated fire weather stations, hydrological, meteorological and telemetry systems, headquartered in Victoria, B.C., Canada, announced the appointment of Mr. Fredy Boese as vicepresident, sales and services.

Günther Stoll New Product Manager for Stihl
Stihl Inc. has announced the appointment of Günther Stoll as product manager of chain saws. In his new position, Stoll is responsible for managing the entire Stihl chain saw line, including occasional use, mid-range, professional, and electric chain saws, as well as guide bars and saw chains, oil and lubricants, product accessories and personal protective apparel.


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