Logging and Sawmilling Information for the Western United States  

November 2000 - Volume 25 Number 11


Machinery Row 

The 29th Annual Wood Technology Clinic & Show 
Top manufacturers of the wood processing industry will bring their latest resources to Portland's Oregon Convention Center for the 29th annual Wood Technology Clinic & Show, March 1416, 2001. The WTCS will feature more than 400 exhibiting companies that supply equipment, machinery, services, and technologies to the wood processing industry. In addition to the Show, the Clinic will feature a comprehensive lineup of educational seminars and workshops, produced by experts in the industry. More than 30 conference sessions will cover advances in processing methods, worldwide market trends, management strategies and more. "This is the only trade event dedicated exclusively to wood manufacturing and processing," said Alan Peterson, Bill Communications Building Group Director. "It offers wood professionals the most comprehensive venue for their industry." For information on sponsorship and exposition you can contact the WTCS Sales Department at (800) 5270207, (972) 9066500 or [email protected]. For all other inquiries, you can visit the WTCS website at www.WoodWideWeb.com, or call (800) 5270207. 

Rivals Join Forces 
Former competitors in the single shaft rotary grinder market, Retech Industries, Inc. and Vecoplan Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, have merged to form Vecoplan, LLC. "The partnership was formed with the express goal of becoming the dominate force in worldwide - worldclass wood and wood waste size reduction systems and equipment," said Len Beusse, COO of the new company. Vecoplan GmbH invented the concept of singleshaft rotary wood grinding and is a leader in wood shippers and associated technology. ReTech pioneered the practical adaptation of singleshaft rotary grinding for the North American Woodworking Industry. Together they are a force to be reckoned with. 

Lyle Laverty to Implement Fire Plan 
USDA Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck has announced that Lyle Laverty is to direct the implementation of the National Fire Plan. The plan is being developed in response to the 2000 fire season and was approved by President Clinton. "Laverty is highly qualified for this new position," Dombeck said. "Laverty will be principally responsible for implementing major activities to restore the health of national forests by managing wildland fire. These activities are being funded by an additional $1.1 billion in Forest Service funds appropriated from Congress." In response to the announcement, Laverty stated, "I'm honored to take on this assignment because of the opportunity to influence where the Forest Service is going. We will coordinate with the U.S. Department of the Interior and anchor the funds Congress has given us to do excellent things on the ground." 


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