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Joe Tyler Appointed Director of CAL FIRE

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Joseph (Joe) Tyler of Rancho Cordova as the new Director (Chief) of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

Tyler has been the CAL FIRE Deputy Director of Fire Protection Programs since 2017 and has served in several positions since 1991, including Assistant Deputy Director of Fire Protection Programs, Staff Chief, Assistant Chief, Battalion Chief, Fire Captain, Paramedic, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Fighter II and Fire Fighter I. He was a paramedic at North Valley Ambulance/American Medical Response from 1994 to 1997.

Chief Tyler is replacing former CAL FIRE Chief Thom Porter, who retired in December 2021.

Werk-Brau Celebrates 75 Years     

Werk-Brau Co. Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of buckets and attachments for excavators and loaders, will celebrate its 75th anniversary with activities and events throughout the year for customers, dealers, and employees. 

Respected for innovative specialty products designed and produced for the heavy equipment industry, the company has been family-owned and operated since its inception. Since 1947, the company grew from a single blacksmith shop to numerous North American locations with 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and more than 500 employees, maintaining dealer direct partnerships with over 1000 North American heavy equipment dealers from the company headquarters in Findlay, Ohio. 

Werk-Brau manufactures a complete line of OEM and replacement attachments for excavators, mini-excavators, backhoes, mini- and full-size loaders, and crawler loaders. Made in the USA, Werk-Brau products are sold through equipment dealers and distributors worldwide.

Pewag Completes Acquisition of Wallingford’s, BABAC

Pewag group, a leading global company in traction chain devices and industrial chain solutions (founded in 1479), has acquired Wallingford’s Inc. and BABAC Inc., a leading U.S.-based provider of forestry traction devices, forestry supplies, and snow chains.

The acquisition of Wallingford’s and BABAC is a strong fit with pewag’s North American forestry business and in particular its forestry traction devices business. It is part of pewag’s strategy to be a global leader in this segment. Moreover, the high-quality forestry traction devices developed and manufactured by pewag in Austria and Czech Republic will be integrated with the portfolio of Wallingford’s.

Based on well-engineered state-of-the-art quality products, pewag’s business areas are mainly snow chains, forestry traction, hoist, and conveyor chains, do-it-yourself products, engineering, lifting and lashing chains and accessories, and tire protection chains. Modern chain production facilities in Europe and Pueblo, Colorado, allow for this variety of high-quality products.

MSU Accepting Applications for Hybrid Master’s Degree in Forestry

Michigan State University (MSU) is now taking applications for a new hybrid online master’s degree program in Forestry. The program is uniquely tailored to learners who need flexibility, with the majority of the courses delivered in an online format coupled with field-based learning in students’ local forests. 

Available starting late summer 2022, the degree is intended for individuals with baccalaureate degrees in other fields who are interested in making a career change to forestry. 

The program is also appropriate for students who just completed a BS in another discipline. The hybrid structure is designed to be flexible, keeping in mind the students’ existing personal and professional commitments. 

MSU is the first forestry program to offer a master’s degree in forestry using this uniquely blended online and in-the-field approach; online instruction will guide learning in forests close to the learners’ homes, wherever they reside. The hybrid online degree was designed with a view toward accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

candroneWeiler Forestry Names Senior Management

Weiler Forestry has appointed three key employees to senior management. Bill Radeline, Ian Enger, and Noah Zehr are team members who have been integral to Weiler Forestry’s success.

Bill Radeline has been with the Weiler Forestry team since September 2019 when Caterpillar Forest Products transitioned to Weiler Forestry. As the Director of Engineering, Bill will direct the company’s product engineering activities through new product development and improvement of existing product lines.  

Also in September 2019, Ian Enger joined the Weiler Forestry Team as Manufacturing Engineering Manager. In his new position as Director of Manufacturing, he will lead the Manufacturing Engineering, Facilities, Maintenance, Indirect Material, Production Control, Information Technology, and Purchasing functional areas.

Noah Zehr has been appointed Director of Operations and will lead the Operations, Quality, and Warehousing functional areas. 

Weiler Forestry, based in LaGrange, Georgia, designs and manufacturers purpose-built forestry products including wheel skidders, wheel feller bunchers, track feller bunchers, track harvesters, knuckleboom loaders, and a mulcher.

Lucidyne Completes Brand Integration with MiCROTEC

Lucidyne Technologies Inc., a North American leader in automated lumber scanning and optimization, announced the completion of its brand integration with MiCROTEC, a global technology partner in the sawmilling and wood processing industry. Lucidyne will work under the common corporate brand of MiCROTEC to build world-leading wood scanning solutions for customers in North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Since 1985, Lucidyne has been known for industry innovation, customer relationships, and unparalleled support. Lucidyne’s patented software platform, which uses deep learning artificial intelligence techniques to grade lumber, will be merged into MiCROTEC’s family of scanning solutions. The integration brings the best of the companies’ technologies together to create new, co-developed products, strengthening MiCROTEC’s offerings as well as its focus on delivering exceptional service.

The new MiCROTEC Corvallis office (the former Lucidyne location) will join forces with the existing MiCROTEC Vancouver office to become one team serving the entire North American market, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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