May June 2005





Dressta Co. Purchase
HSW-Trading Co. Ltd. has purchased Komatsu America Corp.’s portion of ownership of Dressta Co. Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Dressta North America. Krysztof Trofiniak has been appointed chair and general director of Dressta. Tom McGonigle, previously director, has been appointed president and will oversee all North American operations. In 2005 Dressta North America will introduce 13 new models in its current equipment product line.


New Folks at Papé
There are new faces in new positions at Papé Properties, Inc., including Bryan McCampbell as environmental and facilities manager. In his new role, McCampbell is responsible for facilities management projects, environmental regulation compliance and employee health and safety issues for the Papé Group and its subsidiary companies. Paul Jensen has been named general manager for Papé Machinery’s Central California region. In his new position, Jensen will be responsible for managing operations in Papé Machinery’s Fowler, Calif. and French Camp, Calif. branches. He assumed his new role on May 2. Chris Brackett was named rental manager for Papé Machinery’s Eugene and Tangent territories. He will be based in the company’s Eugene branch. Paul du Toit has been named territory manager and customer service advisor for Papé Machinery in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Du Toit will be headquartered in the company’s Gilroy branch. John Olafson has returned to Papé Machinery as corporate sales coordinator. He is responsible for purchasing products for the company’s new California territory and processing the orders from Papé’s manufacturers and suppliers.

John Deere Management Changes
Deere & Company announced several management changes to their global forestry organization. Esa Länsitalo has been appointed to the newly created position of Sales and Marketing Director, Global Forestry. Richard Lawler has been appointed to the position of General Manager, Global Attachments and is responsible for both the product supply and the global sales and marketing of the company’s forestry attachment business. Derek Boudreau will assume responsibility as the newly appointed cut-tolength Operations Manager in Tampere, Finland.

Volvo Opens New Rental Center in Bellingham
Volvo Construction Equipment Rents, Inc. (Volvo Rents), has announced the opening of a new independently owned Volvo Rents equipment rental center in Bellingham, Wash. Zenders Truck & Equipment, Inc., has opened its first Volvo Rents franchise center at the Silvercreek Industrial Park, 1350 Slater Road, Ferndale (Bellingham). The center will carry, in addition to Volvo construction equipment, a comprehensive line of essential equipment and tools for the construction, commercial, industrial and homeowner markets.

Einari Vidgrén to Set Up Foundation
Ponsse Oyj’s founder, Industrial Counsellor Einari Vidgrén, has decided to set up the Einari Vidgrén Foundation to improve and increase recognition related to mechanical timber harvesting entrepreneurship and to encourage youngsters’ interests in the mechanical timber harvesting sector as an employer. Vidgrén will donate 194,000 of the Ponsse Oyj shares he holds and EUR 80,000 from his personal funds, bringing the foundation’s initial capital to approximately three million in euros.

Forestry Equipment Leverages John Deere Brand
At the Elmia Wood, forestry show in Sweden, John Deere announced that it plans to leverage its powerful brand and well-known green and yellow color combination in its global forestry equipment line. The company showcased all its main advanced harvesting systems: the 770D, 1070D, 1270D, and 1470D harvesters and the 810D, 1010D, 1110D, 1410D and 1710D forwarders, along with its full tree systems: 853G Feller Buncher, 648G III Grapple Skidder and 2054 Logger with Waratah HTH622B processing head in the new trade dress. After the Elmia Wood show, production started for worldwide distribution of forestry equipment in the John Deere green and yellow trade dress. Also, all Deereowned Timberjack facilities will display John Deere Forestry signage. The Timberjack brand will, however, remain visible since thousands of Timberjack machines will still be working productively in the forests for years to come.

Wellman Joins Komatsu Forest At
Vernon, BC, Interior Logging Association show in April, Dave Wellman took a moment to shake hands with Mike Myslicki, General Manager - Sales Marketing, Timbco & Valmet. Komatsu Forest announced the appointment of Wellman as Regional Sales Manager – Western North America. Dave will succeed George Schmidt (left) who retires in June. Mr. Wellman is a highly qualified mechanized forestry specialist with 34 years experience with both cut-to-length and tree-length harvesting. Dave is very active in the industry and is a recent Past President (2002) of the Pacific Logging Congress (PLC). Wellman’s territory includes the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Canada's Western Provinces.


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