May/June, 2002





Machinery Row

Gardner Logging and Trucking Receives Award 
Gardner Logging and Trucking of Chewelah, Wash., was recently recognized by Stimson Lumber company for their efforts in achieving the top log quality for logs produced on Stimson timberlands in 2001. Gardner's quality average was nearly perfect at 99 percent acceptable for the 46,456 logs it delivered. This is the second time Gardner has received the award. "They continually produce at the quality level which we want all our log producers to strive towards," says Dwight Opp, fee land manager for the Inland Region. 

Alaska Timber Awards 
The Alaska Timber Insurance Exchange announced the winners of its 2001 safety awards program. The Clarence Kramer Cup, going to the company that shows the most consistency and improvement in workplace safety performance, was awarded to Byron Brothers Cutting. The same company was also awarded the Don Brown Logging Award that recognizes the medium/small logging company with the best safety record. The Phoenix Logging Company received the Pat Soderberg Logging Award, which goes to a large logging company with the best safety record. 

Holmes Heads Aberdeen Sawmill 
Weyerhaeuser has named Rick Holmes unit general manager of the Aberdeen, Wash., sawmill. Holmes has held several positions at Weyerhaeuser, including pulp mill maintenance manager, product unit manager and woodland operations manager. For the last two years he has been the process reliability leader for the company's Western Lumber business. 

USNR Acquires Division of Perceptron 
USNR, a Woodland, Wash. based manufacturer of sawmill equipment, announced its purchase of Perceptron's Forest Products Division. Perceptron is based in Plymouth, Mich., and has developed superior scanning and optimization systems for the automotive, forest and aerospace industries. Chris Blomquist will manage the division's operations. "With the combination of our two groups, I know that our organization possesses the talent required to take the two biggest concerns of every customer: execution and support," says Blomquist. 

Richardson Takes New Position 
Rodd Richardson, who has been the Bitterroot forest supervisor since 1998 will be taking a new job as regional director of fire, aviation and air in Missoula. Deputy forest supervisor Spike Thompson will fill in as acting supervisor. 

Warner Handles Precision Prinders 
Warner Enterprises, headquartered in Redding, Calif., now represents Precision's wood waste grinders and whole tree chippers in northern California and will sell and service Precision's nine sizes of ProGrindô woodwaste grinders. Buzz Eades, a graduate forester and sixth generation logger with more than 40 years of experience in the industry, will lead the newly established machinery sales division of Warner Enterprises. 

Harald Lang Bows Out 
After 34 years at Elmia, 16 of which were as managing director, Harald Lang has retired. At the 2002 AGM, the helm was officially handed over to Hans Standar, who joins Elmia from SAAB Training Systems, where he was head of marketing. 

Trent Joins Forestry Equipment 
Des Trent has been invited to assist Brian Joiner, President of Forestry Equipment, Inc. with the distribut6ion of Keto single grip harvester/processor products in the Pacific Northwest. Des was previously wit LogMax, Inc. in Vancouver, Wash., where he was responsible for the national marketing of their products. Both Brian and Des are excited about the prospect of introducing the new range of Keto 800 TS and Keto 1000 TS Supremem single grip harvester/processors.

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