PALCO names O'Brien
Robert Manne, president and CEO of the Pacific Lumber Company headquartered in Scotia, Calif., recently stepped down. Replacing him is George O'Brien, a former executive with International Paper.
New Sales Training Manager at LBX
LBX Company, the makers of Link-Belt, recently appointed Corey Rogers as their new Sales Training Manager, responsible for the development, maintenance, and presentation of product sales training materials to LBX's North American dealer network. He will also serve in a support role assisting with tradeshows and events. Corey previously served LBX as the Latin American representative.
AF&PA Chooses new President
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) chose Juanita D. Duggan, as its new President and CEO. Duggan, currently the president and CEO of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, will take the helm October 25.
Blount Launches Full Line of Prentice Forestry Equipment
On August 9, Blount's Forestry Division announced it is launching its full line of forestry equipment under the Prentice brand name, and unveiled updated trade dress in the signature Prentice colors of red, white, and black.
Beginning mid-August, all Hydro-Ax wheel feller bunchers and site prep tractors will wear the Prentice name with Hydro-Ax as a secondary brand. Fabtek forwarders and harvesters will also join the Prentice line-up, with the conversion date to come. Votec harvesting heads, manufactured by the recently acquired Swedish firm, will be integrated into the current line of Fabtek harvesting heads, and branded Prentice.
The Prentice brand will be accompanied by a new slogan: “Built better than it needs to be.” The model numbering system has also been revamped to further unify all products into one family.
In addition, ten new and updated machine models, all with the same new look, were introduced to the dealers. Besides the modern trade dress, the products were upgraded to satisfy evolving applications, and increase efficiency and comfort.
The Forestry and Industrial Equipment Division has also been renamed the Blount Forestry Division.
Deere's “Diesel of the Year”
John Deere's PowerTech Plus™ engine was awarded the “Diesel of the Year 2005” by DIESEL magazine, a European professional magazine specializing in diesel engine technology.
The PowerTech Plus™ engine has also received a “Top 100 Products of the Year” award from the Construction Equipment magazine. The magazine considers about 700 new products every year. The award serves to emphasize innovation, highlighting manufacturers who are investing in research and development.
USNR Acquires & Sells
USNR announced that it has acquired the Inovec business from its former parent company, General Electric. Based in Eugene, Ore., Inovec is a leading supplier of optimization and control systems for primary and secondary breakdown in sawmills.
“USNR's optimization products have generally targeted the softwood side of the industry, while over the last 27 years, Inovec has focused more on hardwood sawmills. Pooling our resources will create a winning combination for USNR, Inovec, and our combined customers,” said Chris Blomquist, vice president and manager of USNR's Optimization Division.
Blomquist expects that customers will see virtually no change as a result of the new ownership.)
USNR has also announced that it has sold its lift truck business to Eaves Manufacturing LLC, of Beebe, Ark. The lift truck product line, which has worn USNR, Forano, and Eaves brands at different times over the last 17 years, is distributed through a dealership network across the United States and Canada.
Peterson Opens CAT Rental Store
Peterson Machinery Company opened the doors of its new CAT Rental Store in Springfield, Ore. The new 1,000 sq. ft. showroom is home to tools and equipment spanning the needs of small, commercial contractors, to large industrial equipment, with new products added every week.
The CAT Rental Store will offer power systems, agriculture tools and equipment, excavators and landscape equipment, as well as normal rental services. Brands include names such as Caterpillar, Genie, Multiquip, Allmand, PSI, Sullair, Toro, as well as many others.
Papé Acquires East County Machine
Papé Machinery, Inc. has acquired the assets of East County Machine, a complete machine shop and heavy equipment repair facility located in Montesano, Wash. The acquisition became effective June 2.
With the addition of East County Machine, Papé Machinery now has seven locations in Washington, and a total of 21 locations throughout the West.
Fischer named AWMV Sales Rep
AWMV Industrial Products, a division of Wood-Mizer, announced Mike Fischer as the industrial sales representative for western United States. Fischer has been with Wood- Mizer for nearly 20 years, working in the industrial division for two years. Fischer is responsible for a 13-state area, including: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, and Hawaii.