Intermountain Conference Focus: Technology, Diversity

by | Jun 5, 2024 | 2024, Industry News, May/June 2024, TimberWest Magazine

SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON –  The annual Intermountain Logging Conference and Equipment Show featured exhibits of forestry equipment as well as a program of various presentations of interest to the industry.

The theme of this year’s event, held over three days in April in Spokane Valley, Washington, was technology and diversification. Fittingly, the keynote speaker for the event was Chace Barber, CEO and co-founder with Eric Little of Edison Motors, a British Columbia company that manufactures electric log trucks.

The Intermountain Logging Conference serves the forest products industry and its many suppliers operating in the geographic area called the Inland Empire region. It encompasses portions of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, and Alberta and British Columbia. The conference represents more than 500 companies.

The program featured updates on equipment with remarks by dealer or factory representatives of Schaeffer Manufacturing, Caterpillar, Link-Belt, and John Deere. Another panel on cable assist technology featured speakers from Technical Forest Solutions, Falcon Forestry and Summit Equipment. A presentation on trials of new technology featured Kodama Systems and Eagle Carriage.

Tigercat launched its new 120 winch assist machine at the Intermountain Logging Conference. It’s the company’s latest development for safe logging operations on steep terrain.

Other panels covered insights into business issues and opportunities in forestry, the future of the industry, using technology and diversity to advance the forestry workforce, and a hands-on technical session with equipment dealers.

Barber and Little started a trucking business – hauling for loggers – after college. The business grew and expanded to hauling and installing power generation systems. In 2019 they started designing and installing off-grid solar hybrid power systems. After their first successful project they began to design a diesel-electric semi-tractor using the same principles of a high voltage off-grid solar project.

Edison Motors offers both fully electric and diesel-electric vocational trucks depending on customer requirements. Barber discussed the research and development process of the company’s trucks. They average a 50-70 percent reduction in fuel driving in mountainous conditions in British Columbia, he said. For city driving, the savings is 30-50 percent, and for highway driving, 0-10 percent.

The next Intermountain Logging Conference and Equipment Show will be held April 2-4, 2025.





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