October 17-19, 2018
Portland, Oregon
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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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TP&EE Portland Is Gearing Up

“Contrary to popular belief, there is still a lumber industry in the Northwest,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director of the upcoming Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) to be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.

“Given all the announcements about new sawmills to be built in the Southern U.S., you’d think the Northwest lumber industry has become extinct,” Donnell says somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

“But if you’ve looked at Northwest lumber prices in the past year, soaring to all-time record highs, and the extremely high pace of lumber production in the region, well, the only thing that’s going extinct might be the northern spotted owl, which we know isn’t true either.”

TP&EE, held every other year, will be the fourth one produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, an affiliate of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., which produces Timber Processing, Panel World and other magazines in the wood-based industries.

“Just like the economy, the TP&EE events have gotten better every time,” Donnell says. “2012, 2014, 2016 and I believe 2018 will have the most buzz yet.”

Donnell, who is also the editor-in-chief of Timber Processing, believes that those record lumber prices, and the continuing, steady advancement of new housing starts, now pushing 1.3 million annually in the U.S., means sawmills not only in the Northwest but throughout the U.S and Canada, have been running wide open to take advantage.

“I think what we’ll see, as TP&EE hits in October, is a new wave of machinery and technology inquiries and orders as these mills upgrade their sprinted-out production systems so they can continue to be part of the building products boom.

“Nobody wants to fall off, even for a moment,” Donnell adds. “But they also can’t allow their production lines to run out of gas, especially when the building economy is showing plenty of gas left in its tank.”

What that means, Donnell says, is that the approximately 175 exhibitors—that have already sold out 60,000 square feet of booth space in Hall E at the Portland Expo Center—better come “loaded for bear.”

Donnell says the trend for TP&EE this time is that many companies have purchased more square footage than they did previously, which means more “real” machinery on site.

“I love the layout of this year’s expo,” Donnell says. “And if you look at the exhibitors’ list, these are the established players in lumber, plywood and engineered wood products production machinery and technology. No Johnnies-come-lately in this bunch.”

The 2016 TP&EE attracted 1,600 industry (non-exhibitor) personnel, representing 110 forest products producer companies and hundreds of individual mill site operations.

Attendees came from 39 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 20 countries.

The event will again include a lineup of workshop presentations related to lumber, plywood and engineered wood products manufacturing. Those schedules and presenters will be announced this summer.

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Saw Filing, Scanning, Profiling, Controls Highlight Lumber Manufacturing Workshop At TP&EE

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Fifteen presentations make up the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, which will be held Thursday, September 29, during the Timber Processing & Energy Expo at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. TP&EE will be held September 28-30.

TP&EE is produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, LLC, an affiliate of Timber Processing and Panel World magazines. This will be the third TP&EE.

“There’s a great range of topics in this workshop,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director. “We’ll basically have two meeting rooms going on simultaneously with presentations during the morning and afternoon. You can’t beat what you’ll get for the cost.”

Cost of the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop is only $75, which includes access to any of the presentations, a three-day pass to the expo exhibits, and a beer and brat ticket for the expo Beer Garden.

Here’s the workshop schedule:

Thursday, September 29

Room I

9:30 a.m.—Automation in the Filing Room, Justin Williams, CEO, Williams and White

10:00 a.m.—Automated Leveling and Tensioning for Saw Plate, Matt Tulleners, Territory Manager/Intermountain Region, Simonds International

10:30 a.m.—Computerized Vibration Analysis of Circular Saw Tension, Jason Allen, V.P. of Sales, Burton Saw and Supply

11:00 a.m.—Saw Guide Maintenance for Dummies, Mike West, Head Filer, Cascade Hardwood

Noon-1:25 p.m. TP&EE Exhibits, Lunch on Your Own

Room II

9:30 a.m.—Use Scanning to Turn Your Edger into a Lean, Mean, Money-Making Machine, Joey Nelson, President, JoeScan

10:00 a.m.—The Latest Profiling Technologies, Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development, Bid Group

10:30 a.m.—Latest Technologies at the Sawmill & Planer Mill, Yvan Rainville, Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Autolog

11:00 a.m.—GradeScan-Built for the Future, Ellen Nelson, CFO, Ryan Shear, Software Engineer, Lucidyne Technologies

Noon-1:25 p.m. TP&EE Exhibits, Lunch on Your Own

Room I

1:30 p.m.—Automatic Log Scaling and Processing, Norvin Laudon, Chief Technology Officer, Springer Microtec

2:00 p.m.—Big Data and The Connected Mill, Rory Armes, CEO, Bill Harrison, Director of Production, Cumul8 Technologies

2:30 p.m.—Innovative Ripsawing Technology, Scanning & Optimizing, Dr. Stefan Möhringer, Managing Director, Simon Möhringer Engineering GmbH

3:00 p.m.—Pellets: How to Get More from Your Wood Chips and Sawdust, Forcus Martinez, Mechanical Engineer, Prodesa

Room II

1:30 p.m.—Technological Advances in Hydraulics and Controls, Richard Vetter, Vice-President, AMS Solutions, Rodney Trail, Industry Sector Manager Wood & Paper, Bosch Rexroth Canada

2:00 p.m.—Closed Loop Control with Second Derivative Gain Saves the Day, Peter Nachtwey, President, Delta Computer Systems

2:30 p.m.—Equipment Safety Certification for Class II (Wood Dust) Environments, Vivek Prasad, Hazardous Locations Team Lead, Casey Trimble, Account Manager, Intertek

TP&EE will feature more than 200 equipment and technology exhibitors and more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space. The event caters to primary producers of lumber, plywood and engineered wood products.

Click Here To Register Today!

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