March, 2001





Machinery Row 

2001 Weaver Promoted at Firestone 
Ken Weaver has been promoted to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for North America at Firestone Agricultural Tire Company, Des Moines, Iowa. Weaver succeeds Ralph Burchfield, who was recently appointed President of Firestone, a division of Bridgestone/ Firestone, Inc. 

New Ownership 
Strong Manufacturing Co., a Remus, Mich. based manufacturer of Trelan Whole Tree Wood Chippers, has new ownership. The company was purchased by Neil and Cheri Schumacher is now doing business as Trelan Manufacturing. 

Caterpillar Acquires Track Feller Buncher Line 
Caterpillar Inc. signed a letter of intent to acquire the TIMBERKING track fellerbuncher intellectual property from Canadian forest products equipment manufacturer Risley Manufacturing, Ltd. The addition of Risley Manufacturing's track fellerbuncher line will add several new models to the Caterpillar product line. "Track feller bunchers are a key step in Caterpillar's Forestry strategy and this agreement is another example of Caterpillar's commitment to developing a full line of forestry equipment and tools," says Dan Binz, Manager of Caterpillar's Forest Products Group. The new track feller buncher product line will be initially marketed as "TIMBERKING by Caterpillar" and distributed through selected Caterpillar dealers. Both the Risley and Caterpillar organizations will provide support to these dealers to ensure a seamless integration of this product line. 

Loggers Recognized 
High Ridge Logging of Lostine, Ore. has completed the requirements necessary to receive special recognition from Associated Oregon Loggers as an "Oregon Professional Logger ." Owners Jesse and Jim Allen voiced their long-term commitment to modern forest stewardship. G&C Logging of Sheridan also received Oregon Professional Logger certification. Randon Graves and Rod Cornwell received a plaque on behalf of the company. 

Moore Named to Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Teams 
The President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) was asked by President Elect Bush to be a member of two Transition Advisory Teams. W. Henson Moore will provide input and related outreach activities to Policy Coordination Groups on issues involving the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior. The former Congressman from Louisiana served in the previous Bush Administration as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Energy and then White House Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Moore has headed the AF&PA since February 1, 1995. 

Green Permit in Oregon 
LouisianaPacific Corp. recently announced that its Hines, Ore. engineered wood plant has received Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality's Green Permit, the first of its kind issued in the nation. 

New District Supervisor for PLIB 
The Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau has appointed Glen S. Walton as the Bureau's newest District Quality Control Supervisor for the Washington/Oregon district. For the past 27 years, Walton has been involved with the grading of lumber for Weyerhaeuser at their Cottage Grove, Ore. facility, moving from certified grader to timber deck grader to sawmill quality control to his current position as Head Grader and Quality Control. Glen will relocate to the Puget Sound area and will work out of his home office. Until that time, he can be reached through the PLIB head office in Federal Way, Wash., at (253) 835-3344. 

California Logging Plans Online 
The California Department of Forestry began posting the status of logging plans on its website -  Each of the 1,200 logging plans the department reviews each year are listed, with their location, their size and the dates inspections and decisions will be made on the plans. "Making this type of information available will promote better understanding of the intense level of review that is given to each harvest operation to ensure forest sustainability," said CDF director Andrea Tuttle.

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