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TP&EE Portland Will Be Held September 30 – October 2, 2020

Exhibitor Space Renewal Program Begins

The next Timber Processing and Energy Expo (TP&EE) will be held September 30-October 2, 2020 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Oregon. This will be the fifth biennial TP&EE to be produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, LLC, an affiliate of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc. and Timber Processing and Panel World magazines. All of the events have been held at the Portland Exposition Center.

More than 1,600 representatives of 110 wood products producer companies and hundreds of individual lumber, veneer, plywood and engineered wood products mills registered for the 2018 TP&EE. They came from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and 19 countries. They viewed 200 exhibitor companies who displayed their equipment and technologies on more than 60,000 SF of booth space in a sold-out Hall E.

Duane Vaagen, president of Vaagen Bros. Lumber in Colville, Wash., echoed the feelings of many attendees: “The show in Portland is the greatest way to get new ideas and clarify your visions for the future. What I benefited most from was seeing the latest and greatest technology. It’s like visiting over 100 sawmills in less than three days. After seeing all the machinery as well as demonstrations it takes more than a month to wrap my mind around what I just saw as well as where it all blends together for future opportunities.”

Doug Pauzé, senior vice president, operations, for British Columbia-based Coastland Wood Industries, added, “I think it is extremely important to stay on top of the latest and greatest tools for our industry. Typically, each time we attend TP&EE, we find something that we can bring back to our facilities to help improve how we operate.”

A post-show survey of exhibitors revealed that 82% of the exhibitors reported they possibly gained an order or did indeed confirm an order due to their participation at TP&EE.

Event producer Hatton-Brown Expositions and on-site service providers scored extremely high with the 2018 exhibitors in a post-show survey. The location of TP&EE at the Portland Expo Center also continues to score very high. The major reason why is that it’s spacious and quick for exhibitors to set up and tear down. Meanwhile it’s easy for attendees to reach, and parking is in abundance.

The 2020 exhibitor space renewal program is beginning in February 2019. Exhibitors in the 2018 show are being e-mailed new contract information. Meanwhile, the 2020 attendance promotions team is already at work.

Though the 2018 event was sold out in Hall E, organizers plan to add more booth space in 2020 so that there’s no waiting list.

The Portland show has always been heavy to the lumber industry, but organizers have continued to push for more involvement from the panel and engineered wood products sector. Twenty-six such producer companies were in attendance.

BC-based ATCO Wood Products CEO Scott Weatherford comments, “TP&EE is a great opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the industry in a setting where we can see and discuss the latest technology and listen to some insightful presentations about new and developing topics such as the emerging mass timber sector. It’s well worth our time to attend each time.”

In addition to the action on the expo floor, TP&EE hosted two day-long workshops, one on Mass Timber and the other on Lumber Manufacturing.

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Mills Turn Out In Force For TP&EE Portland

More than 2,900 wood products industry personnel registered for the fourth Timber Processing & Energy Expo that was held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.

That number included personnel from 110 wood products producer companies representing hundreds of individual mill site operations. The event caters to producers of lumber, plywood, veneer, and engineered wood products including mass timber

Attendees came from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and 17 countries.

They came to observe 200 exhibitor companies on 62,000 square feet of booth space in Hall E as well as several exhibitor setups outside.

“We had a slight increase in attendance from the mill companies compared to 2016,” comments Show Director Rich Donnell. “We were very enthused about that, because going into the show we were getting a lot of feedback that they were extremely busy and hadn’t really had time to think about the show yet.”

But Donnell adds that some companies obviously impressed upon their personnel to take a break from their work days to attend the show. Weyerhaeuser, for example, sent 135 people, Sierra Pacific Industries sent 80, Hampton Affiliates sent 60, Seneca had 35, Idaho Forest Group had 30 and Stimson had 20. Numerous other companies sent pockets of 10 or so representatives.

Donnell also notes that the veneer/plywood/EWP sectors had an impressive presence with attendance from two dozen companies in those fields.

The next TP&EE will be held September 30-October 2, 2020 at the Portland Exposition Center.

“We had an exhibitor waiting list for this one, so we’ll have to consider whether to expand into an adjacent hall for the next one,” Donnell says.

Read more about the show in upcoming issues of Timber Processing and Panel World magazines.

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TP&EE Will Honor SPI’S Red Emmerson

Sierra Pacific Industries founder and chairman emeritus Red Emmerson will receive Timber Processing magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year award during the upcoming Timber Processing & Energy Expo at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Ore.

Timber Processing, the host magazine for the event, will present the award to Emmerson on Thursday, October 18, at 4 p.m. at the Hatton-Brown Publishers Media Presentation Center, booth 503, on the expo floor in Hall E.

“We’re long overdue in presenting this award to Red Emmerson,” comments Rich Donnell, editor-in-chief of Timber Processing and TP&EE Show Director. “We’ve been wanting to present our annual award during TP&EE and it all came together this time around.”

Emmerson will be the 31st recipient of the award, which first went to another Northwest sawmiller, Duane Vaagen, of Vaagen Brothers Lumber in 1989.

Today Sierra Pacific operates 14 sawmills in California and Washington, producing in the range of 2.6 billion BF annually. The company owns 1.95 million acres of timberland in those states. Emmerson, 90 years old, started the company from scratch with his father.

Shown in the above photo next to Red Emmerson is one of his sons, George Emmerson, who is president and CEO of Sierra Pacific Industries.

A short reception will follow the presentation. “Anybody on the show floor at the time is invited to walk over and enjoy the presentation,” Donnell says.

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Mass Timber, Plywood, Lumber Workshops Presenters, Schedules Announced

Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) announced the lineup of speakers for two workshops—Mass Timber, EWP and Plywood Workshop to be held on Wednesday, October 17, and the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, October 18.

TP&EE will be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. It will feature nearly 200 exhibitors and 60,000 SF of booth displays.

“We always like to have an educational segment as part of the expo,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director and Editor-in-Chief of Hatton-Brown Publishers.

The Mass Timber movement is well under way in North America. Russ Vaagen, from the well known Vaagen Bros. Lumber family in Colville, Wash., will speak about Vaagen Timbers, his new venture that is currently constructing a CLT and glulam plant adjacent the family sawmill.

Tyler Freres, VP of Sales for Freres Lumber, will speak about the company’s new MPP (Mass Plywood Panel) plant in operation at Lyons, Ore. and he’ll address new technical and market developments and also the recent certification achieved for MPP through APA—The Engineered Wood Assn.

In the plywood session, Steve Swanson, president of Swanson Group, will provide an update on his company’s new plywood plant in Springfield, Ore., now in its second year of operation.

One of the hottest topics in the sawmill industry is the large number of turnkey southern pine sawmills recently constructed, currently in construction, or about to be in construction.

During the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, two of the speakers will be from BC-based BID Group, which is the company building and installing much of the equipment in many of those SYP mills.

BID Group Chairman and Managing Director Brian Fehr along with Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development for BID Group, will speak on “Unlocking the Turnkey Strategy.”

Combined, the two workshops will feature more than 20 speakers. Each workshop costs $75, which also includes admittance to the expo floor for three days and a beer and brat ticket.

To read more about the presentations, go to the Attendee Info tab.

Click here to register for the workshops and/or the expo.

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Lumber Workshop Speakers Announced

Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) announced the speakers for the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, October 18, the second day of the event.

TP&EE will be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. It will feature nearly 200 exhibitors and 60,000 SF of booth displays for attendees from primary producer companies in the lumber, panel and engineered wood products segments.

“We always like to add a small conference element to the expo,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director and Editor-in-Chief of Hatton-Brown Publishers.

Donnell notes that one of the hottest topics in the sawmill industry is the large number of turnkey southern pine sawmills recently constructed and started up, currently in construction, or about to be in construction.

“Northwest sawmill industry take note,” Donnell says, adding two of the speakers will be from BC-based BID Group, which is the company building and installing most of the equipment in those SYP mills, and which was the main supplier of the massive double-line sawmill started up by Sierra Pacific Industries in Shelton, Wash.

“Will the SYP turnkey trend extend to the Northwest?” Donnell asks.

BID Group Chairman and Managing Director Brian Fehr along with Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development for BID Group, who is a legend in sawmill machinery development, will speak on “Unlocking the Turnkey Strategy.”

The Lumber Manufacturing Workshop includes eight presentations on a range of topics and technologies. Cost to attend is $75. Click here to register today.

Here’s the schedule for the October 18 lumber workshop:

10:00 a.m.—Increase Your Bottom Line (OR: Don’t Leave Dollars on the Table)—Seth Vance, Vice President and General Manager, Timber Automation

10:30 a.m.—Unlocking the Turnkey Strategy—
Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development, BID Group; Brian Fehr, Chairman and Managing Director, BID Group

11:00 a.m.—Maintaining a Modern Sawmill: Embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution by Leveraging the IoT and Generate ROI—Laurie McCabe, Sales and Marketing Manager, TradeTec Computer Systems

11:30 a.m.—Advances in Hydraulic Power Unit Design—Richard Vetter, Vice-President, AMS Solutions

Lunch on your own.

1:00 p.m.—Control Your Product Output with the Latest in Artificial Intelligence—Patrick Freeman, Chief Technology Officer, Lucidyne Technologies, Inc.

1:30 p.m.—Bringing Multi-View X-Ray Technology to the Planer Mill—Norvin Laudon, Chief Technology Officer, Springer Microtec

2:00 p.m.— Log Optimization New Development—Mario Godbout, Chief Technology Officer, Autolog

2:30 p.m.—Practical Solutions to Difficult Hydraulic System Design Problems—Peter Nachtwey, President, Delta Computer Systems

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Money Does Grow On Southern Pine Trees

Organizers of the Timber Processing & Energy Expo announce a money giveaway contest geared to southern pine sawmills. “We recognize it’s not always convenient to fly across the country to a trade show, so we’re providing a little incentive,” comments Rich Donnell, director of TP&EE.

TP&EE will be held October 17-19 at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Ore. It’s produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions LLC and hosted by Timber Processing and Panel World magazines.

TP&EE will give away $3,000 to the one southern pine sawmill that registers and sends the most employees to the show. “We’re talking about number of personnel from a single sawmill site,” Donnell explains. “This way the contest is fair to those companies that only operate a single mill as compared to companies that may operate multiple mills.”

All the mill and their personnel have to do is go to the show web site and register as normal, and the show will know which mill they’re coming from by noting the company name and location of the registrant. Or somebody from the mill can contact a show representative and give them the names of the personnel from the mill and the representative will get them registered.

“On Friday morning, the last morning of the show, we will announce the winning southern pine mill,” Donnell says. “And remember, the company’s people have to actually attend at least one day of the show.”

For mills that prefer to call in and register their personnel, contact Jessica Johnson at Hatton-Brown Publishers: [email protected]; 800-669-5613.

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