Pennsylvania forest products expo returns to Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Forest Products Association is bringing its bi-annual trade exposition and educational workshops back to Penn State, June 3-4.

Hosted in partnership with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and School of Forest Resources, the event will be held at the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs, on Pennsylvania Route 45, nine miles southwest of State College.

Timber 2011 -- officially the Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition -- is an opportunity for forest-products companies to hone their business skills, learn about the latest production practices and see new technology, according to Penn State's Bob Oberheim, Timber 2011 manager.

"As we emerge from the recession, forest-product companies need to be poised to take advantage of new business opportunities," Oberheim said. "To do that, they need to know about the latest technologies, production methods, business practices and regulations. At Timber 2011, they can get all of that and more."

The leading hardwood-producing state in the nation, Pennsylvania is home to more than 2,700 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 in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

Industry experts from a variety of organizations will attend and offer workshops. "This show provides the association, Penn State and other service providers with a perfect venue to showcase the latest research and offer outreach education for those connected to the forest-products industry," said Paul Lyskava, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association executive director.

Lyskava said workshops will cover topics such as the proposed National Hardwood Check-off Program, equipment safety and business management issues. Pa. SFI logger training credits and Society of American Forester continuing-education credits will be available for eligible attendees.

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. The site has both indoor and expansive outdoor space, allowing for exhibitor demonstrations. Parking and admission are free for attendees.

Demonstrations will feature a range of forest-product technologies. In-the-woods demonstrations will include cut-to-length harvesters and forwarders. Sawmill equipment, stump splitters and horizontal grinders will be demonstrated on the show grounds, and a ride-and-drive area will allow attendees to test-drive log skidders.

Primary sponsors for Timber 2011 are Ag Choice Farm Credit, Foster F. Wineland Inc./John Deere and Taylor Machine Works Inc.

For information on Timber 2011, including details on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, call 814-863-2873 or visit the show website at http://agsci.psu.edu/timber online.

Last Updated April 18, 2011