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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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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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