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New Leadership for AWC’s Board

The American Wood Council (AWC) announced the election of Charles Ingram Lumber Co. Vice President T. Furman Brodie as the Chairman of AWC Board of Directors for a one-year term, effective January 1, 2021.

Newly appointed President and CEO of Potlatch Deltic Eric Cremers was elected First Vice-Chairman, and President and CEO of TR Miller Mill Company Ricky Stanley was elected as Second Vice-Chairman. LP Corporation’s Executive Vice President Neil Sherman will serve as the Immediate Past Chairman.

Fred Stimpson, President of Canfor Southern Pine, was elected to a third two-year term.

Fecon Adds Two New VPs

Fecon recently announced the hiring of new personnel including Robert Soehner as VP of Operations, and Mike Kucharski as VP of Dealer Development, both new positions within the company.   

Soehner has served in a variety of continuous improvement and leadership roles including positions of increasing responsibility at GE, Henny Penny, Harmon, and most recently as VP of Operations at Skillcraft. 

 Kucharski, who has extensive experience in dealer development, has spent the past 16 years with Caterpillar or its dealers, most recently working on the post-purchase experience for Caterpillar. 

“We’re excited to welcome Rob and Mike to the Fecon team,” said CEO Bob Dieckman. “Their extensive industry experience and positive attitudes will be assets as we strive to grow the company through enhanced customer experiences.”

Parker MassieCon-Vey Appoints New Project Manager

Con-Vey is excited to announce their new Project Manager: Parker Massie. Although not a new role for the company, this is a new position for Massie who was previously a Mechanical Engineer at Con-Vey since August 2019.

With his work background as well as a Bachelors from Oregon Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Management, Massie has the technical knowledge and experience to make this transition to Project Manager a seamless one.

“We know that Parker will be a great fit for this position and help fill the gap needed in our team,” said Mechanical Engineering Manager, Spencer Heard.

Con-Vey’s President & CEO, Dave Larecy, also shared that “this will be a good growth area for Parker to learn a wider scope of the company’s operations and projects.” Larecy continued on by saying that Massie’s “mechanical engineering and technical background will be an asset as he navigates this new role, fields questions coming from customers, and collaborates with our customers to support and facilitate projects.”

TimberWest November/December 2013
November/December 2020

On the Cover
Photo of ZB Cutting on a smoky morning - TimberPro feller buncher with Quadco head on the Archie Creek fire in Glide, Oregon.

Sawmilling in the Age of COVID
Steady log supply, innovative equipment upgrades, fluctuating lumber markets, personnel issues…sawmills have constant challenges. Now add COVID.

On the Cutting Edge
When Zach Brugnoli began researching tethering machines, efficiency and versatility were at the top of his list.

A Look Into Fire
August 14, 1933, a forest fire literally exploded into being near the coastal Northwest Oregon town of Tillamook. It was described as “holocaustic”.

The Great Outdoors - Gustafson’s Favorite Office
Gustafson says, “On the Oregon coast, we have new environments every five minutes. When it’s ugly, it’s ugly, but when it’s beautiful, it’s awesome.”

Emergent Technologies column
A look at monitoring, 3D surveys, and digital wildfire training.

Tech Review
A review of track log loaders currently on the market.

Guest Column
2020: A Year We Won’t Forget


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