Blount Inc. unveiled a new corporate name that positions the company for growth while honoring its heritage: Oregon Tool. The global manufacturer of professional grade cutting tools and equipment selected Oregon Tool as its new name to harness the power of its pioneering origin story.
The company was founded by Joe Cox in 1947 in the basement of his Portland home. His invention was inspired by nature – a timber beetle larva to be exact. Cox studied the creature to better understand how to cut wood more efficiently. With what he learned, he designed a new saw chain that was modeled after the larva’s alternating C-shape jaws. He called it the Cox Chipper Chain and started the Oregon Saw Chain Corp. to produce it. Cox’s saw chain revolutionized the timber industry, and it remains widely used today around the globe.
The company has grown into a multinational organization with numerous acquisitions and mergers. Today, the newly named Oregon Tool has more than 3,000 team members and sells thousands of products in more than 110 countries across multiple consumer brands, among them Oregon, Woods, and ICS Diamond Tools.
The Northwest Farm Credit Services Board of Directors elected Nate Riggers of Nezperce, Idaho, as Board Chair and John Helle of Dillon, Montana, as Vice Chair. Each will serve a one-year term in these board leadership positions.
In addition to Riggers and Helle, members of the Northwest FCS board include Christy Burmeister-Smith of Bellingham, Wash.; Nels J. DeBruycker of Choteau, Montana; Susan Doverspike of Burns, Oregon; Vicki Eggebrecht of Malta, Montana; Skip Gray of Albany, Oregon; Greg Hirai of Wendell, Idaho; Bill Martin of Rufus, Oregon; Dave Nisbet of Bay Center, Wash.; Derek Schafer of Ritzville, Wash.; Julie Shiflett of Spokane, Wash.; Shawn Walters of Teton, Idaho; and Andy Werkhoven of Monroe, Wash.
Hydraulex, a provider of new, remanufactured and repair options for all major manufacturers of hydraulic components, announced that Brian Tinney has been named President and Chief Executive Officer.
Most recently, Tinney served as president, North America, of the Eissmann Group, a global supplier of automotive trim based in Bad Urach, Germany, leading the division through a period of strong growth and increased profitability.
This summer, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) will be adding a West Coast technical training facility in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of a larger initiative to invest in technical training across North America. Volvo CE will utilize 7,800 square feet of dedicated training space, plus 1,800 square feet of common areas.
In addition to diesel construction equipment, the facility will serve as a hub for Volvo Group battery-electric vehicle training including Volvo CE, Volvo Trucks North America, and Mack Trucks.
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