GLTPA Hosts 71st Great Lakes Logging, Equipment Expo

This is the largest timber industry event in the Midwest.

📅   Fri October 21, 2016 - Midwest Edition #22


Attendees raised money for the Log a Load for Kids, sponsored by Caterpillar Forestry, while operating a Cat 559C knuckle boom loader.
Attendees raised money for the Log a Load for Kids, sponsored by Caterpillar Forestry, while operating a Cat 559C knuckle boom loader.
Attendees raised money for the Log a Load for Kids, sponsored by Caterpillar Forestry, while operating a Cat 559C knuckle boom loader.
(L-R): Bill Linssen and Chad Monnet, both of Fabick CAT, welcome Chuck Barnowsky of Lake Shore Forrest Products.
Ponsse displayed a wide range of forestry products at the annual expo, including this Ponsse King Buffalo forwarder. 
Jed Koski (R), Fabick CAT, talks about the features of this Cat 501HD processer to (L-R) Wayne and Scott Liukkonen and Patrick and Tina Menhennick. 
Nick Biendarra of Stump Eliminators inspects this Bandit 3590XL chipper. 
Jeremy Seavers mans the Fairchild Equipment Co. display area and stands in front of this JCB 411 HT wheel loader. Jordan St. John of St. John Forestry Products shows his son, Jase, the controls of this Liebherr LH-50 material handler.
Jim Radart (L) and Paul Cappelle, both of Bobcat Plus, check out this Bobcat E55 mini-excavator.
(L-R): Steve Kreider, Bridge Creek Logging LLC; Brett Anderson, Roland Machinery Co.; Wendell Risser, Bridge Creek Logging LLC; and Perry Hughes, Roland Machinery Co., stand in front of the Komatsu 855.1 forwarder. 
Jim Barry (L) and Ron Ison, Swiderski Equipment Co., display this Doosan DL220 series 5 high lift loader at the expo. 
(L-R): Steve Kreider, Bridge Creek Logging LLC; Brett Anderson, Roland Machinery Co.; Wendell Risser, Bridge Creek Logging LLC; and Perry Hughes, Roland Machinery Co., stand in front of the Komatsu 855.1 forwarder. 
(L-R): Steve Piwarski, Piwarski Brothers Logging, stops by the Nortrax display area manned by Jimmy Mylchreest and Randy Stone, both of Nortrax, to see the John Deere 1270G harvester equipped with a H415 head.
(L-R) are Matt Hanson and Ryan Castellion, Nortrax; Pete and Jared Hoekstra of Hoekstra Logging & Forestry; Dwayne Wicke and Art Krolow, also of Hoekstra Logging & Forestry; and Randy Stone, Nortrax.
Dale Gessell (L), vice president of Nortrax, speaks with Brian Zabel of Zabel’s Sawmill about John Deere forestry products.

Now in its 71st year, the Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo, presented by the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association (GLTPA), was held at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh, Wis., on Sept. 8 to 10. This is the largest timber industry event in the Midwest, according to the association, and approximately 7,000 individuals attended from across the United States and from as far away as Austria, Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Fabick CAT was a major sponsor of this year's expo, which featured a number of events open to the public, including more than 180 exhibitors involved every aspect of the heavy equipment industry — from chainsaws and processors to dozer and dump trucks, environmental stewardship and more. Additional activities included the loader championship sponsored by Cat Forest Products; Wisconsin/Michigan tug-o-war; women's bowling pin toss; the Phoenix Steam Engine sponsored by Mid-States Equipment; and the Great Lakes forwarder operator challenge, sponsored by GLTPA, Komatsu Forestry and Roland Machinery. Nortrax also was a sponsor of the event.

The 2016 Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo got off to a great start with the annual kickoff event co-sponsored by Fabick CAT. Nearly 600 people enjoyed a night of good food, beverages and networking with industry professionals at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center.

Plans are under way for the 2017 Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo, which will be held Sept. 7 to 9 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Mich. For more information, visit www.gltpa.org.