October/November, 2001





Machinery Row

Changes at Pierce Pacific 
We mentioned in the last issue that Mike Hildebrandt had rejoined the management team at Pierce Pacific as President, and that Jerry Clausen was excited by the opportunity to pursue family and personal interests. But there are other management changes as well. Brad Sintek was promoted to Operations Manager and will oversee operations, from material procurement through completion of the manufacturing process. Before joining the Pierce team, Brad successfully launched and managed a mechanized forest equipment manufacturing company in South Dakota. Kim Eickerman joined the Pierce team as general sales manager. He will manage sales, marketing and parts sales of the company. Kim comes to Pierce with sale and marketing management experiences from a leading wood products manufacturing and distribution company. Greg Hildebrandt came on board as marketing specialist. Greg graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in marketing. JR Hendershott was promoted to sales representative after rapidly moving up through the organization over the last 3 years. JR has a formative history with forestry equipment and will serve accounts throughout Oregon.

Mettler Toledo & MSI Agreement Signed 
A business partnership was recently formed between Mettler Toledo, manufactures and suppliers of scales, balances and weighing applications and MSI, manufacturers of an expanding line of electronic weighing equipment and load sensing instrument. The alliance will allow Mettler Toledo to distribute MSI's products through their sales, service and distributor channels. And MSI's carne scales, left truck scales, wheel weigher and radio telemetry weighing equipment will compliment Mettler Toledo's product offerings.

New Executive Director for NASF 
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) announced that Anne Heissenbuttel will be the organization's new executive director. Heissenbuttel, a forester, is currently staff to the House Resources Forest and Forest Health Subcommittee and prior to working on the Hill, she represented the forest products industry at AF&PA.

Thompson New Deputy Chief 
U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth appointed Tom Thompson as National Forest System deputy chief. Thompson is now the third highest-ranking manager in the agency. "I am especially honored and pleased to accept this position and I look forward to working with Chief Dale Bosworth. I'm anxious to take on the responsibilities of the assignment." Thompson is a 33-year veteran of the Forest Service and currently deputy regional forester of the Rocky Mountain Region.

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