Expo to showcase Pennsylvania forest products industry

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Preparations are under way for the 2013 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, which will be held June 7 and 8 at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

Known as Timber 2013, the bi-annual trade exposition is hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and admission are free.

Timber 2013 is an opportunity for owners and employees of forest-products companies to hone their business skills, learn about the latest production practices and see emerging technology, according to Penn State's Bob Oberheim, Timber 2013 manager.

"Attendees can evaluate new equipment and machinery, see up-close demonstrations, visit with business specialists and attend educational seminars," he said.

The leading hardwood-producing state in the nation, Pennsylvania is home to more than 2,100 forest-product companies and 500,000 forest landowners. The forest-products industry has $16 billion in annual sales and generates about $27 billion a year for the state's economy.

Organizers expect as many as 100 commercial exhibitors at the event, which is aimed at loggers, sawmill operators, value-added processors and forest landowners.

"The show gives exhibitors involved in the forest-products industry and emerging biomass markets an opportunity to reach forest-products companies in Pennsylvania and surrounding states," Oberheim said.

Educational workshops and seminars will provide attendees with opportunities for professional development, noted Paul Lyskava, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association executive director.

Also available on both days of the show will be a free Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative training course, which will enable loggers to meet their annual PA Sustainable Forestry Initiative continuing education requirements.

"Business owners need every edge they can find to compete," Lyskava said. "The most successful companies are the ones that take advantage of the kinds of continuing education and business networking that will be available at Timber 2013."

The Ag Progress Days site -- at Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center -- is centrally located for most of the state's forest-products industry. About 9 miles southwest of State College on state Route 45, the site has both indoor and expansive outdoor space, allowing for exhibitor demonstrations.

On-site and in-the-woods demonstrations will feature a range of forest-product technologies and machinery. A ride-and-drive area will allow attendees to test-drive selected equipment.

Primary sponsors for Timber 2013 currently include Forest Products Credit by AgChoice FC, Foster F. Wineland Inc./John Deere Forestry, Keystone Wood Products Association, Pendu Manufacturing Inc. and Taylor Machine Works Inc.

For information on Timber 2013, including details on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, call 814-863-2873 or visit the show website at http://agsci.psu.edu/timber.

Twitter users can find and share information about the event by using the hashtag #PaTimberShow.
 

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Last Updated February 08, 2013