March and April 2006



Machinery Row


Blount to Produce Cat Branded Forest Products

Blount International, Inc. announced in February that it is in the process of amending its marketing and supply agreements with Caterpillar Inc. to change the alliance brand of forestry equipment from “Timberking” to “Caterpillar” and “Cat”.

Under these arrangements, Blount will continue to be solely responsible for marketing as well as providing product support to Caterpillar dealers. Blount expects shipment of the first Cat branded products to begin in February with track feller bunchers/harvesters. The full line of Cat branded products will be available at Caterpillar dealerships worldwide within the next several months.

Blount will continue to sell its market-leading brands of forestry equipment under the Prentice, Hydro-Ax, Fabtek and CTR brand names through its separate network of Blount dealers.

McCracken Leaves Us

Robert "Bob" McCracken, retired president and chairman of the board of Patrick Lumber Co. in Portland, Ore., died January 18 due to complications resulting from a recent surgery. He was 71.

New CDF Director

Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Ruben Grijalva as the Interim Director of the Department of Forestry, replacing retiring Dale Geldert. Grijalva was serving at the State Fire Marshal. At this time it looks likely that he will get the permanent appointment at some future date.


Positive News for Potlatch

The Potlatch Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings of $9.9 million, or 34 cents per share, compared to a loss of $9.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2004. In 2005, net earnings totaled $33.0 million, compared with net earnings of $15.4 million in 2004.

The company is also building a sawmill to manufacture hardwood lumber products from poplar trees harvested on the company's 17,000-acre poplar plantation near Boardman, Ore. The new $8.1 million mill is expected to be operational by December 2006 and to produce 30 million board feet of green hardwood lumber annually.


Deere Announces Senior Mngmt. Changes

In January, Deere & Company announced the appointment of two new senior officers and new assignments for three members of its senior management team to further develop its global leadership group.

The two new senior officer assignments include James A. Israel appointed President, John Deere Credit, and Michael J. Mack, Jr. appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

The new assignments for three current senior officers include: David C. Everitt appointed President, Agricultural Division; Nathan J. Jones appointed President, Worldwide Commercial & Consumer; and H.J. Markley appointed President, Agricultural Equipment Division.


Titan Opens in Grants Pass

Titan Studs opened a new office in Grants Pass, Ore., selling production for Lewis County Forest Products and Mason County Forest Products. The sales manager is Josh Dean. Also handling sales at the new facility is Faith Dimmick and Crista Yonker. The sales coordinator is Remy Morris. Mandy Clark is in sales support.


Bright Wood Consolidates

Bright Wood Corp. is shutting down its facility in Bend, Ore., and consolidating those operations into companyowned plants in Madras and Redmond, Ore. The reorganization should be completed by May 5.



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