Great Lakes Logging &?Heavy Equipment Expo Turns 70

The Roland Machinery display, 1st-In-The-Forrest, garnered attention from attendees due to the Komatsu XT-3 Series including the 931 harvester with the C144 harvesting head.

📅   Fri September 25, 2015 - Midwest Edition
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John Wery (L), Fabick CAT, shows the Cat 564 forwarder to Donald Casperson of Caseprson Brothers Logging.
John Wery (L), Fabick CAT, shows the Cat 564 forwarder to Donald Casperson of Caseprson Brothers Logging.
John Wery (L), Fabick CAT, shows the Cat 564 forwarder to Donald Casperson of Caseprson Brothers Logging. Major sponsor Fabick CAT also sponsored the loader champion event, which benefits Log a Load for kids. The bandit beast 3680 horizontal grinder got a lot of attention at the annual expo. (L-R) are Bobbi Deede and Tim jacobs of Jacobs Enterprises; Ed Dodak, Bandit Industries; Cory Cogswell also of Bandit; and Tom Clisch Sr. of Tom Clisch Logging. (L-R): Emily and Chris Charbonneau of Verso Paper Co. stop by the American State Equipment booth to see the Rotobec 185 log grapple attached to a Liebherr LH 50. Representing American State Equipment is John Oberthaler. Rotochopper displayed its b66 horizontal grinder. Lowe Manufacturing Inc. representatives Tom Jaster (L) and Gerry Glass work the lowe booth. Roland Machinery co-sponsored the Great Lakes Forwarder Challenge. Pictured are two Komatsu 855.1 forwarders. Perry Hughes (far right) of Roland Machinery Co. welcomes Ashton Schwartz and Karl Suchovsky of Suchovsky Logging LLC. Tom Bissell of Bissell Trucking checks out the Sennebogen 830e log loader. (L-R): Tracy and Rod Wheeler of Wheelers Wolf Lake Sawmill stop by the Nortrax display area to see Matt Hanson, general manager of the Escanaba branch of Nortrax and Tim Murphy, president of Nortrax. (L-R): Shane Boettcher, Nortrax, shows the Waratah HTH 622B to Howard Carter and Jeremy Miller of Miller Timber Harvesting. Standing in front of the Cat MH 3037 material handler (L-R) are Jake Nurmi, Hord Logging; Brain Anderson, Louisiana Pacific; Tom Olsen Fabick CAT; and Keith Pirlot Louisiana Pacific. The theme at the AIS forestry division display area is “yes we can.” (L-R): Mark Wisinski, Swiderski Equipment Inc., shows the Doosan DL200 wheel loader to Dustin Hiler, Rob Manley and Cody Kowalczyk.

The Great Lakes Timber Professionals held its 70th annual Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo Sept. 10 to 12 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Mich. Industry professionals converged on the site for multiple events and demonstrations including the kickoff event — Miracle of Life Building on Fairgrounds.

Days two and three featured contests and demonstrations from event sponsors, including Roland Machinery Company, Fabick CAT and Nortrax. Roland Machinery sponsored the Forwarder Operator Competition. The Roland Machinery display, 1st-In-The-Forrest, garnered attention from attendees due to the Komatsu XT-3 Series including the 931 harvester with the C144 harvesting head. This Tier IV Final harvester boasts an H-series parallel crane and 68 percent higher hydraulic working flow for increased productivity.

Attendees also stopped by the Fabick CAT display. Caterpillar was a sponsor the Log Load for Kids and Fabick CAT was a major sponsor as well as a co-sponsor of the president’s dinner. Fabick CAT recently announced the merger of Fabick and FABCO Equipment Inc., and the show gave Fabick the opportunity to tell customers how they would benefit from this new partnership. In addition, guests of the show had the chance to stop by the John Deere and Nortrax tent to have their photo taken with L&M Series equipment. The series offers strong and productive forestry equipment.

Nortrax was the social media sponsor for the event.