Logging Industry Holds Expo in Oregon

The 2016 theme was “Reaching New Heights With Forest Products."

📅   Thu March 17, 2016 - West Edition


The crowd gathers for the 78th Annual Logging, Construction, Trucking and Heavy Equipment Expo.
The crowd gathers for the 78th Annual Logging, Construction, Trucking and Heavy Equipment Expo.
The crowd gathers for the 78th Annual Logging, Construction, Trucking and Heavy Equipment Expo. (L-R) are Ryan Baker of C & E Rentals, Eugene, Ore.; Bob Hill, RK Construction; Yosiah Baker; Isaiah Baker; and Steve Baker, shop foreman of Ponsse North America, Coburg, Ore. On display is their newest rough terrain Ponsse Scorpion King, focusing on oper Pape Machinery was on display at the Oregon Logging Conference.   (L-R):  Andy Taylor, auction appraiser and Mike Smith, marketing manager of James G. Murphy Commercial and Industrial Auctioneers discuss upcoming equipment auctions with Kirk Luoto, owner and vice president of Cross & Crowns Inc., Carlton, Ore.
(L-R) are Paul Buckel, regional sales manager of Knapheide; Bruce Bunting, industrial product specialist of Knapheide; Bob Kelly of Northside Ford, Portland, Ore.; and Larry Hoehne, industrial product sales specialist of Knapheide.   
Mark Ferguson, regional manager of Fecon, is on hand to demonstrate the Fecon Bull Hog excavator attachment.
Sara Som, a 25-year employee of Cascade Trader Inc. of Chehalis, Wash., demonstrates the hula hoop and the Doosan DX300LL log loader. Cascade Trader offers an extensive line of Doosan Equipment.
Rick Smith, branch manager of Oregon Tractor, Portland, Ore., was on hand to show off the equipment his company offers and to give away a Ruger 10/22 rifle. 
Eric Crowley, owner of Crowley Equipment, Eugene, Ore., offers an extensive line of heavy-duty equipment like this Cat 527 dozer Michael Spreadbury (L), Peterson marketing manager, talks with Rikki Wellman, Oregon Logging Conference manager.
 (L-R) are Chris Smart, equipment manager; Kindsey Bott, inventory coordinator; Gary Peters, owner; and Scott Bride, territory manager of Peters & Keatts Equipment Inc. The company offers heavy-duty truck, trailer and construction equipment to Seattle and Ed Donovan (L), Terex area sales manager and Dan Bianchini, sales representative of Powerscreen of Washington, discuss the Terex TBG640T, a high-speed horizontal grinder designed for maximum production output and minimum operator downtime.
Guests were invited to “Guess the Load” to win a $250 Cabela’s gift card. Congratulations to winner Roger Goodwin, retired timber cruiser of Rosboro, Ore., with a correct guess of 5,890 board ft. net scale. The gross scale on the load is 7,860 board ft. b Matt Hall (L), northwest territory manager and Derick Day, engineer of Jewell Attachment are on hand, ready to demonstrate how clamshell grapples attach to excavator fronts. The attachments are custom-designed to fit one or several machines. (L-R): Andy Hunter, territory manager, Steve Sadler PSSR and Mike Bianchini, sales representative of Triad machinery, Portland, Ore., brought a Tigercat H855C harvester to the event. The H855C is used for harvesting, at-the-stump processing and roadside p (L-R) are Lamont Cantrell, vice president of sales of Modern Machinery; Brian and Penny Wood of Woods Crushing and Hauling, Sand Point, Idaho; and Brian Sheridan, president of Modern Machinery. Wood said he relies on Modern Machinery for his equipment and Dick Murphy, equipment sales of General Trailer Company, Springfield, Ore., poses with this Peterbilt truck and logging trailer combo. General supplied this trailer owned by Joel and Daren Olson of Olson Trucking, Vancouver, Wash.   (L-R): Jose Sosa, sales and Josh McCurdy, technician/driver of Pacific Tractor and Equipment, talk with Shane Nugent, LiuGong western regional sales manager about this LiuGong 908B excavator. Jose said this is a great show to meet your customers and to se The Rotobec crew (L-R) are Francois Lafreniere, sales director; Ty Surowski, regional sales manager; and Jon Kinney regional sales manager. Rotobec featured a Facebook promotion to determine who has the most enthusiastic college fans in Oregon: ?#?Rotobec Representatives of Feenaughty Machinery, Portland, Ore., and Takeuchi, were on hand to demonstrate the Takeuchi TC12 and a Fecon attachment. (L-R) are Billy Parker, sales of Feenaughty; Kent Cantrell, Todd Francis and Scott Utzman of Takeuchi; and Nick Hu (L-R): Pete LaBerge (L), president of RD Olson Steel Fabrication and Construction Equipment, Kelso, Wash., and Randy Harris, president of Feenaughty Equipment, Portland, Ore., look over this Doosan DX 300LL-5 excavator.

The 2016 theme was “Reaching New Heights With Forest Products,” and not only was the latest in logging technology machinery available for viewing, the seminars and workshops all centered around that theme.

Jeff Unger, 2016 OLC president said, “The theme reflects how today's innovations and modern technology in logging equipment are helping our industry grow with more productive and operator-friendly machines.”

Of particular interest was the discussion about cross laminated timbers. Both Oregon State University Dean of Forestry Thomas Maness and Vancouver, B.C., architect Michael Green describe the use of wood when constructing tall buildings as “game changing.”

Mannes said Oregon can “lead the way” in the new demand for cross laminated timbers, that will be created when wood is used for tall building construction.

Green called using wood to build tall buildings “the most environmentally appropriate way to build our cities in the future,” noting that buildings with cross-laminated timbers are planned for Portland, Ore., and at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Ore.

The most inspiring speaker at the conference was Wiremu Lee Edmonds, sponsored by Waratah. Mr. Edmonds talk was titled “Standing in the Gap,” which included the personal story of the loss of his son in a logging accident in March 2013. Edmonds offered the group who listened intently to his every word, the courage to deal with difficult issues and encouragement to think about safety at all times.

Good weather held out for most of the conference with an estimated 6,000 people attending the three-day event, held at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, Ore.

Operator training seminars were offered on a number of topics including safety, and the Oregon and Washington Forest Practices Acts. Loggers who attended the seminars and workshops earned Professional Logger Credits which can be applied toward Professional Logger's Certification and fulfillment requirements as outlined in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

“This year's gathering was the biggest since 2008, we had more exhibitors this year, both outside and inside,” said Rikki Wellman, OLC Conference manager. “This year's show exceeded our expectations, with the addition of 25,000 sq. ft. of inside exhibit space and the outside display area was packed with the latest industry technology.”

Thirty-five high school students across the state of Oregon participated in an exhibition skills demonstration assisted by students from Oregon State University, University of Montana and University of Idaho. The following skills were demonstrated at the Fairgrounds.

• Cable Splicing

• Compass & Pacing

• Cross Cut Saw

• Tool Identification

• Single Buck

• Log Scaling

• Choker Setting Relay

• Arbor Climbing

The conference is an opportunity for students to meet people who work in the logging industry and learn about the innovative logging practices of today.

Educational activities provided by the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation got a boost from a two-day auction at the 78th gathering. The auction raised $27,000 and will provide scholarships to deserving students who are studying in forestry/logging-related fields. Since 1968 the OLC Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships to students. To download the 2016-2017 application, visit www.oregonloggingconference/events-education/olc-scholarships/.

The 7th Annual OLC Log Loader Competition was held over a two-day period and the top three winners were just seconds apart. First place went to Zane Bryant of Bryant Logging Company in Beaver Creek, Ore., with a time of 3:29. There was a tie for second place between Ross Cribbs of Van Well Timber LLC, Dallas, Ore., and Bryan Chipps of Green Diamond Resource Company in Korbel, Calif., both with a time of 3:32.

Another special opportunity to show off your expertise in log scaling is a Guess the Net Board Feet contest. Three large fir logs were loaded on a log truck and Roger Goodwin, a retired Rosboro timber cruiser was the winner with a guess of 5,890 board feet net scale. Gross (total before defect reductions) scale on the load was 7,860 board feet. Out of the 737 total guesses submitted, eight others were within ten board feet, including one guess of 1,591.

Dates for the 79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference are set for Feb. 23, 24, and 25, 2017 at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene, Ore.