Nov Dec, 2003





Machinery Row

Maier and Acrowood Enter Joint Marketing Agreement
A new joint marketing arrangement between Maier and Acrowood gives Acrowood exclusive marketing rights to the Maier product lines in wood recycling, oriented strand board, medium density fiberboard, and particleboard throughout North America, Canada and Mexico.
Maier's offerings in these markets are extensive, and include high shear hogs, hammerhogs, drum chippers, flakers, grinders, particle cleaners, air sifters, contaminant separators, conveyors, control systems, installation set-ups and training as well as all the components necessary to make a complete system.
Acrowood, based in Everett, Wash., offers complete product lines in disc chipping, screening, air density separation, chip slicing and chip cracking and on-line chip moisture measurement. The company’s offerings make an excellent and complementary fit with Maier's products in primary and secondary wood breakdown, and others.
"In a world of increasing globalization, customers have come to expect the best in terms of equipment selection and support, regardless of the ‘home country’ of the supplier," said Acrowood’s Vice President of Sales, Desmond Smith. "By forming this alliance, Maier and Acrowood are taking the necessary steps to provide excellent support for their customers globally."

Sierra Purchases Mill and Land From Wetsel-Oviatt
Sierra Pacific Industries has purchased 17,500 acres and a sawmill in El Dorado, Calif. from Wetsel-Oviatt Lumber Co. The mill’s last day of operation was October 15, when it was shut down due to stringent regulations and the high cost of operating in California.

KONE Divests Forest Machines Business to Komatsu
On November 3, KONE signed an agreement for the sale of its forest machines operations, Partek Forest, to Komatsu Ltd. of Japan. The enterprise value of the transaction is subject to relevant competition authority approval.
Komatsu is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, with net sales in 2002 of USD 9,236 million, and almost 31,000 employees. Partek Forest markets its products through Komatsu’s dealerships in certain markets. By acquiring Partek Forest, Komatsu will broaden its range of forestry equipment with presence in all major markets around the world.

Natwick Named President
Barry N. Natwick was named President of Volvo Construction Rents, Inc. Natwick was formerly vice president of Volvo’s equipment rental franchise operations for North America and the company’s global fleet management operations. As president, he will be responsible for the global activities of Volvo CE Rents.

Lumbermens Acquires Olympic Lumber
Lumbermens recently acquired Olympic Lumber, a dealer in Sequim, Wash. The six-acre lumberyard began operating as Lumbermens on October 31. Lumbermens has 50 locations throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Arizona, and is a division of Lanoga Corp.

Simpson Moves Headquarters to Tacoma
To be closer to its biggest industrial operations — Simpson Tacoma Kraft paper mill and Commencement Bay Operations sawmill — Simpson Investment will move its headquarters from Seattle to Tacoma, Wash., in 2004.
"It’s always been my bias to put the company’s administration close to its operations," says President Ray Tennison. The company plans to build an 11,250 square foot building on a vacant lot near the two mills, prior to the move.

Precision Lumber Expanding
Business is booming for Precision Lumber, located in The Dalles, Oregon, thanks to the growing home improvement industry. Precisions Lumber supplies the entire Lowe's chain from Maine to California.
To keep up with the increasing demand, the company is expanding by adding two more buildings in 2003, and there are plans for continued growth in The Dalles over the next three to five years.

Steven Zika Named CEO
Steven Zika took the helm of the second-largest lumber manufacturer in the Northwest, Hampton Affiliates. As the company’s CEO and president, he steps into the position formerly held by Ron Parker for eight years.
Parker says he is going to reduce his schedule so he can teach at Linfield College and take a more active role in political, family and social activities.


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