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Machinery Row

Caterpillar adds Eco-Friendly Assembly Building

Assembly of all Cat® forest machines (FMs), wheel skidders, and both Cat and Prentice track feller bunchers has been moved into a new building constructed at the 73-acre headquarters site in LaGrange, Ga. The move opened up floor space in the original building to transfer more fabrication work from Aurora and outside suppliers.

The strategy benefits several Caterpillar divisions. "Moving forestry machines out of Aurora allows that facility to focus on construction and excavating products and gives us greater flexibility with our purpose-built forestry products,” says Matt Keeley, operations and supply chain manager for the Forest Products Group.

The new building was designed and constructed in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification promotes sustainability in five key areas: site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. www.cat.com

Clyde/West, Inc. acquires certain assets from Volvo

The purchase of certain assets from the former Volvo Construction Equipment & Services (VCES) branch locations in Seattle and Spokane, Wash.; and Portland, Ore., was announced in a statement by Patrick McConnell, President, Clyde/West, Inc. As a result of this transaction, road machinery customers of VCES operations in Washington and Oregon will now be served by Clyde/West, Inc.

"The transition of the road machinery product lines from the former VCES stores to our dealership will be seamless and uninterrupted,” said Patrick McConnell. "We welcome the customers of these branches to our dealership, where they will receive the very best of service, product, and support that Volvo Construction Equipment and Clyde/West, Inc. have to offer.

Clyde/West, Inc. adds Volvo road machinery to its existing product portfolio which, prior to the acquisition, already included wheel loaders, excavators, articulated haulers, motor graders, compact wheel loaders and excavators, and skid steer and backhoe loaders.

The acquisition of the Volvo Construction Equipment & Services stores in Washington and Oregon by Clyde/West, Inc. was effective March 12, 2010. www.clydewest.com

Wheelhouse 20/20

Two long-term senior management team members of Portland's Parr Lumber Company announced their decision to leave Parr to form a new company, "Wheelhouse 20/20”.

Parr Lumber Director of Marketing Jennifer Swick and Regional Sales Manager Scott Ericson will be partners in the new firm. The company was created specifically to assist those in the building supply chain.

"Our goal is to help manufacturers, distributors, and non-competing retail lumber yards identify niche market opportunities and non-traditional revenue sources through integrated sales and marketing programs. Some of our offerings include programs that were developed for Parr and are now available to other non-competing lumberyards,”said Ericson.

With its agreement with Parr Lumber, Wheelhouse 20/20 will lead Parr's marketing efforts, and Parr customers and employees will see virtually no change in the day-to-day operations, with Swick directing all marketing initiatives. www.parr.com

Comact Partners with ScanGear

Comact Equipment is proud to announce a new partnership with ScanGear, represented by Mike Freeman and Ike Anttila. They will ensure sales of Comact products for projects in the West U.S. territory.

Freeman and Anttila have been active in that area and in the sawmill industry for a long time, and they will provide a local and active presence in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and California. www.comact.com

Fecon's RTC-22 Western Demo Tour

Fecon, Inc. plans a western demo tour of the RTC-22 Mobile Biomass Chipping System. The RTC-22 is a high production forestry chipper, engineered on a forwarder chassis. With a 22-inch infeed and 365 HP, the RTC-22 is ideal for in the woods biomass collection.

The RTC-22 can chip over an open-top chip van or into a towable biomass collection wagon. While chipping slash and under story at a log landing, this mobile chipping system averages 30 tons per hour. It can also bring processed material out of the woods for transport.

Fecon will begin the demo tour in the North Western United States and Western Canadian Provinces. To attend one of the demos or to demo the RTC-22 on your jobsite, call Fecon at 1-800-528-3113.

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