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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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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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