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FPAC announces Awards of Excellence recipients

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has announced the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence program, which recognizes the outstanding people across Canada who have made exceptional contributions to the forest sector and to forestry communities.
The award winners are:
FPAC Community Champion Award
Sponsored by TELUS

  • Todd Doherty – MP for Cariboo-Prince George, B.C.
  • Clara Reinhardt – Mayor, Village of Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
  • Dale Bumstead – Mayor, City of Dawson Creek, B.C.
  • Alberta Northwest Species at Risk Committee (NWSAR)

FPAC Partnership Award

  • Indigenous Resource Network (IRN), Robert Merasty – Calgary, Alberta
  • United Steelworkers (USW), Jeff Bromley – Burnaby, B.C.

FPAC Member of the Year Award

  • Tom Ratz – Resolute Forest Products, Thunder Bay, Ontario

FPAC Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Susan Yurkovich – Council of Forest Industries & B.C. Lumber Trade Council, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Mark Tamas – Tolko Industries, Coldstream, B.C.
  • Joerg Goetsch – Mercer International Inc., Vancouver, B.C.

FPAC Rising Star Award Sponsored by MNP

  • Christa Campbell – Resolute Forest Products, Thunder Bay, Ontario

FPAC Women in Forestry Award Sponsored by Silvacom

  • Wendy Crosina – Weyerhaeuser Canadian Timberlands, Edmonton, Alberta

FPAC-Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Indigenous Business Leadership Award

  • Dave Gill – Ntityix Resources LP, West Kelowna, B.C.

FPAC-Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) Skills Awards for Indigenous Youth

  • Neepin Cook - Misipawistik Cree Nation (Grand Rapids, Manitoba)
  • Sarah Dixon - Esk’etemc First Nation (Alkali Lake, B.C.)
  • Jordan Germain - Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation (Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec)

TigercatTigercat grows line of grapples for end-to-end solutions

Tigercat is steadily growing its line of grapple attachments to provide end-to-end Tigercat branded solutions that integrate seamlessly with Tigercat loggers, loaders and shovel loggers.

The new butt-n-top and shovel clam grapples are built with durable boxed-style jaws fabricated from high strength steel. Replaceable tine tips are made from abrasion-resistant steel.

High quality, heavy duty components are used throughout. Cushioned cylinders, and a soft-start and stop-slew hydraulic circuit prevent structural shock loads and promote extended grapple life while providing ample speed and torque for excellent performance.

With an 8 sq. ft. load capacity area, the BT08 butt-n-top grapple is designed to match up to the 865, 875E and 880E series loggers. The overall design provides exceptional control of tree length timber. The jaw profile rolls the logs into the load area to maximize load size and minimize cycle times.

The new Tigercat SC08 shovel clam grapple is designed for the LS855E and LSX870D shovel loggers. Also with an 8 sq. ft. load capacity, the shovel clam grapple provides an alternative to dangle style log and bunching grapples. The SC08 can enhance shovel logger functionality and productivity by increasing control of the trees and the speed at which the operator can gather and manipulate the bunches.

Hodgson Saw transitions forward as Sawco Industries Ltd. with continued commitment

After 32 years in business serving the forest industry in Western Canada, Hodgson Saw Ltd. is now moving forward into the future with a new name, Sawco Industries Ltd., to accompany business changes over the last year, including new ownership, management team and production staff.

John Drew, owner of Woodco Industries, had dealt with Jim and Judy Hodgson for the past 13 years as a customer, and has purchased the business. Drew, through his associated business, brings new management resources and approaches to the business, while its experienced technical staff are the point of contact for customers.

“Our expert team is dedicated to excellence and excited about the new future for the Sawco business,” says Drew. “We look forward to growing the business with a continued commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service.”

For customer service and sales inquiries, the contact is Cam Sitch, Customer Service & Sales Manager: Tel. 250-833-0342, Cell 250-804-6616 [email protected].

ponssePonsse launches HH360 rotator for harvester head

Ponsse has launched its new Ponsse HH360 harvester head rotator.

The new rotator is an innovative solution in which the harvester head can rotate 360 degrees freely without limitations. With Ponsse HH360, the hoses stay in a fixed position from crane tip to rotator all the time. The rotator enables the harvester head to rotate freely without worry about unexpected downtime caused from twisted hoses. 

Said to be powerful and exceptionally energy efficient, the Ponsse HH360 rotator is available for H6, H7, H8, H7 HD, H8 HD, H7 HD Euca, and H8 HD Euca harvester heads when installed as a loose head installation.

All Ponsse harvester heads are designed to withstand the toughest conditions, says the company. They are characterized by a simple and solid structure which is why they can be used in various harvesting applications. The company’s comprehensive design applies to both mechanical components and the electronic control system, controls, and software. The manufacturing process is highly automated, guaranteeing a high level of quality and measuring accuracy, says Ponsse.

TimberPro expanding manufacturing operation

Forest equipment manufacturer TimberPro is making a significant expansion to its current operation in Shawano, Wisconsin.

Working with Keller Inc. as the construction contractor, the new addition will add 48,765 sq. ft. to TimberPro’s existing facility. The company expects to spend approximately $8 million (U.S.) on the expansion project.

The expansion will enable TimberPro to double the company’s production capacity to help meet market demand for the equipment and attachments manufactured at the facility. In conjunction with the expansion, the company anticipates adding new positions for assemblers, welders, machinists and office staff. The expansion project should be completed and ready for occupancy in the summer of 2023.

Kalesnikoffs recipient of Family Enterprise of the Year Award

Family Enterprise Canada has chosen Kalesnikoff Lumber as the recipient of its 2021 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA).

Kalesnikoff Lumber is a fourth-generation family-owned business that continues to be inspired by the forest and the endless possibilities of wood, says Family Enterprise Canada. In 1939, Koozma, Peter and Sam Kalesnikoff started a horse logging operation that would grow to become a specialized sawmill in Thrums, B.C. The brothers abided closely to the credo, “take care of the land, and the land will take care of you.” This remains the company’s guiding principle to this day.

Kalesnikoff remains a family-operated company, owned by family member Chris, the Chief Operating Officer, and Ken Kalesnikoff’s daughter, Krystle, the Chief Financial Officer.

“Thank you so much for this accolade—it’s really amazing! My dad would be really proud,” said Ken Kalesnikoff, President of Kalesnikoff Lumber.

SmartMill goes into the Eurozone with German sale

SmartMill has signed a new contract that includes the sale and installation of its Smart Trim system to Ante-Holz GmbH, the largest timber producer in Germany.

Smart Trim combines three pieces of equipment in one: a lug loader, a positioning system and a multi-saw trimmer. The result of this technology is the capability to produce infinite lumber lengths.

“This innovative trimming technology, a Quebec invention, is already benefiting from significant success in Canada and the U.S.,” said Jean Bérubé, President of SmartMill. “I’m very proud to confirm the breakthrough of Smart Trim in the European market with one of the largest players in the wood industry in Europe.”

The company says that this new partnership confirms its position as a leader in the forest industry with a unique offering of technological solutions for sawmills.

“We are currently in discussions with other mills in Europe and we are convinced of its success in this new market,” Bérubé added.

Juniper Systems Inc introduces Mesa Pro rugged tablet

Juniper Systems has entered the 10” rugged tablet segment with the introduction and launch of the all-new Mesa Pro rugged tablet.

Featuring 11th Generation Intel Core processors, a Windows 11 operating system, device customization options, a large sunlight-readable display, and Juniper rugged design, the Mesa Pro is expected to be the most robust 10” rugged tablet on the market, says the company.

Mesa Pro joins the current Mesa family of 7” devices and helps Juniper Systems achieve its mission of providing powerful rugged computing and data collection devices to mobile field workers.

HAIX North America introduces new Airpower XR23 boot

HAIX has introduced a new boot to its workwear line, the Airpower XR23. This boot is built for anyone who is rough on their boots, says the company. The boots are said to be perfectly engineered for anyone who is out in the elements all day long.

This sturdy boot features a composite safety toe with puncture protection, built-in arch support and sturdy rough-out European bull hide leather.

“Our bull hide leather is made from some of the strongest hides in the world, which translates into a boot that has unparalleled durability,” says Sandy Longarzo, HAIX Marketing Manager. “European sourced leathers offer some of the highest quality leathers in the world, and since leather makes up over 70 per cent of the boot, it’s the most important component to consider.”

In addition to its long wearing durability, the Airpower XR23 features a completely waterproof, yet breathable, GORE-TEX inner liner that also offers an additional 500 grams of insulation for the colder weather months.

Two New Diamond Mowers mulching heads decrease downtime and increase asset use

Diamond Mowers, a leading manufacturer of industrial mowing, mulching, and brush cutting equipment, has introduced a pair of new mulching heads specifically for use with midi level excavators and tractors.

The Excavator Drum Mulcher DC Pro X and Boom Drum Mulcher are the next innovations to be rolled out in Diamond Mowers’ expanding portfolio of mulching attachments, further reinforcing the brand’s commitment to innovation and to being a full service solutions supplier for vegetation management professionals.

The new excavator drum mulcher increases the versatility of any midi level excavator while delivering more productivity per pass. Said to be ideal for tackling mulching or brush clearing with power and precision, this efficient solution effectively cuts back and processes unwanted vegetation, making it a good fit for land clearing, vegetation management, and utility and roadside maintenance.

Featuring an unobtrusive design that optimizes visibility, Diamond Mowers’ new boom drum mulcher is a must-have addition for any municipal fleet faced with cutting, processing, and eliminating woody materials from areas that are unreachable with a skid-steer or excavator, says the company.

Logging and Sawmilling Journal

November/December 2022

On the Cover:
The last several years have been busy for B.C.’s Lizzie Bay Logging. In that time, in addition to diligently carrying out active logging activities during COVID, the company has become joint owner of a custom sawmilling business, acquired a towboating company, launched a concrete company—and started a tree services business. Read all about the company’s successful diversification beginning on page 12 of this issue. (Cover photo courtesy of Lizzie Bay Logging)

Filling the need for fallers
There’s a shortage of certified fallers in B.C.—but fallers in training like Melie de Jonge are helping to fill that need, with the help of veteran faller—and certified instructor—Richard Butler.

Playing defense in forestry game
Veteran B.C. logger Clint Carlson is playing defense to weather today’s skewed business environment in the forest industry.

Successful diversification
B.C.’s Lizzie Bay Logging is still very focused on logging, but is also finding success in diversifying its business.

Solid formula for sawmill survival
Strong faith, no debt and diversification have all helped Mardis Forest Products survive in turbulent times.

Pivoting to pre-finished products
Ontario’s Muskoka Timber Mills has made a successful market pivot to custom, pre-finished wood products, rebuilding after a devastating mill fire.

Tapping into an under-utilized fibre resource
A Haida-owned company in B.C. is working with under-utilized fibre, harvested sustainably, along with a custom sawmill operation, to produce value added wood products.

Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, is a story from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC).

The Last Word
Tony Kryzanowski notes that West Fraser Timber is investing in the future as Canadian softwood lumber producers face a tough year ahead, after some pretty flush times during COVID.


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