Waratah Forestry Equipment is celebrating 50 years of innovation within the forestry industry and thanking its customers for decades of trust and loyalty to the brand.
“We’re proud to celebrate our 50th anniversary this year thanks to our loyal customers and dedicated team members across the globe,” said Heather Robinson, general manager of worldwide distribution at Waratah. “It’s exciting, because we are in a unique position to offer our customers experience, expertise and innovation.”
Established in New Zealand in 1973, the company manufactured a delimber-feller-buncher with a four-roller fixed head to meet the heavy-duty delimbing needs of loggers. Following that innovation, a grapple processor manufactured for Canadian markets marked the start of the 600 Series line.
Today, Waratah’s full line of harvesting, processing and felling heads are used in a variety of logging applications, from cut-to-length hardwood harvesting at the stump to processing on a landing, felling on steep slopes, or debarking on plantations.
For more information visit Waratah.com.
Tigercat has appointed Ethan Parker as a product support representative for harvesting heads. Based in Bairdsville, New Brunswick, he is focused on harvester and processor systems support throughout the North American market.
“I look forward to the chance to work with such a great and respected group, and Tigercat’s industry leading equipment and technology,” said Parker. He supports dealers and customers with new start-ups, ongoing support and troubleshooting.
Parker has performed a variety of roles during his career, including equipment operator, service technician, product support specialist, and operator and contractor coach and trainer.
Tigercat is committed to further developing and growing its line-up of harvesting heads, and significantly ramping up production of the four heads it currently offers. The goal is to offer end-to-end harvesting and processing solutions for every carrier the company produces.
Integral to this effort is the concurrent growth and development of the harvesting and processing systems support team.
“Ethan’s diverse skills and passion for the forestry industry will be a great asset to Tigercat’s overall strategy of providing complete CTL harvesting and roadside processing systems,” said service director Martine Léveillé.
Rotochopper owners and operators gathered at Rotochopper’s manufacturing facility in St. Martin, Minnesota, for training in February. The customer service department hosts Rotochopper University annually for companies that have purchased a Rotochopper horizontal grinder, shredder, or screening equipment during the past year.
The two-day class included a factory tour, best practice training, hands-on demonstrations, and networking opportunities to allow machine owners to learn from each other. This year’s session focused on proper feeding of grinders, preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Rotochopper hosted 60 owners and operators from various companies around the world for the event.
“Rotochopper University continues to be an event that we find has a great benefit to our customers,” said Rotochopper customer service manager Adam Asmus.
“Factory-direct service and keeping our customers happy are at the core of Rotochopper’s value proposition,” said Chad Angeli, Rotochopper vice president of customer experience. “Rotochopper University is one of the ways our team brings these values to life.”
Rotochopper designs, builds and supports a complete line of horizontal grinders, wood chip processors, shredders, screening equipment, conveyors and mobile baggers.
For more information visit www.rotochopper.com.
Vermeer Northwest and Vermeer Mountain West have merged, and the combined business now operates as Vermeer Mountain West.
Both dealership groups will bring equipment expertise and market knowledge to their combined region. Leadership from both dealership groups will continue to be engaged in the business.
Kyle Pieratt will continue to lead as the president and CEO of Vermeer Mountain West. Tim Weaver, who owned Vermeer Northwest, has the new role of vice president of sales with direct oversight for leading commercialization efforts in Washington and Alaska.
“We are excited to continue to build out the Vermeer Mountain West brand as we strive to deliver excellence for our customers,” said Pieratt. “This merger continues to leverage our ability to scale customer service, inventories and long-term career pathing for our team members, in the fast pace and growing markets we serve.”
Vermeer Mountain West will be headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, with branch locations in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Alaska.
Vermeer manufactures equipment for underground construction, surface mining, tree care, and agriculture. For more information visit vermeer.com.
Chris Jeong was recently named the new chief executive officer (CEO) at Doosan Infracore North America. He succeeds Edward Song, the previous CEO, who was promoted to global sales head of Hyundai Doosan Infracore in Korea.
Jeong most recently served as CEO for Doosan Infracore European Union. He joined Doosan in 2006 as a senior corporate strategy manager after completing his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University. He led strategic activities across various markets before he was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for emerging markets. Jeong oversaw sales and marketing for Doosan employee teams in Asia, Oceania, Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Brazil and India.
Doosan Infracore North America, headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, markets the Doosan brand of products that includes dozers, crawler excavators, wheel excavators, mini excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks, material handlers, log loaders and attachments.
For more information visit na.Doosan Equipment.com.
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