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By IRI Staff
Date Posted: 3/1/2007

Northeastern Expo Slated May 4-5 in Bangor, Maine

            The Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo will be held May 4-5 in Bangor, Maine.

            The Northeastern Expo is the premier logging, sawmilling and pallet equipment show in the Northeast, drawing attendees from the Northeast and Canada. It is co-sponsored by the Northeastern Loggers’ Association and Northern Logger & Timber Processor magazine.

            The 2005 show in Bangor covered more than 222,000 square feet of combined inside and outside exhibit space, hosted more than 200 exhibiting companies and attracted 6,500 visitors.

            The Northeastern Expo alternates locations from year to year. For many years the trade event alternated between the Maine venue and Springfield, Mass., but the 2006 version was held in Essex Junction, Vermont.

            For more information, call (800) 318-7561 or visit and click on the link on the left for ‘Logger’s Expo.’

South Carolina to Host SAWLEX May 18-19

            The SAWLEX trade show will be held May 18-19 in Columbia, S.C. The show is for logging, sawmilling and wood processing. The event debuted in 2005 in Ohio but is moving to South Carolina for 2007.

            The 2007 sawmill and logging expo is sponsored by Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine and the South Carolina Timber Producers Association (SCTPA). The event will feature in-woods demonstrations of timber harvesting and processing equipment, outdoor static displays and demonstrations, inside exhibits, seminars, and workshops.

            Exhibiting suppliers will display a full range of logging, transport, processing, and sawmilling equipment, including feller-bunchers, harvesters, forwarders, log loaders, skidders, portable sawmills, mulch-coloring systems, delimbers, chippers and grinders, firewood splitters and processors, conveyors, pallet equipment, dry kilns, chain saws, lumber grading and marking gear, moisture meters, safety equipment, tires, off-road trucks and equipment, ATVs, specialty trailers, and more.

            “Based on the initial response from the industry, we expect SAWLEX 2007 to nearly double in size,” said Ted Hugger, director of the show. The 2005 event included 62 exhibiting companies and 87,446 square feet of exhibit space; it drew loggers from 34 states.

            “Our association is excited to be working with SAWLEX to bring this live logging demo to the South Carolina midlands,” said Crad Jaynes, president and CEO of the SCTPA. “The heavy equipment demonstrations and displays, along with the educational aspects of the event, make SAWLEX a valuable opportunity not only for our members, but for all timber industry professionals throughout the Southeast.”

            For more information about SAWLEX, call (207) 799-1356 or visit

Ligna+ Hannover Trade Show in Germany in May

            The Ligna+ Hannover forest products industry trade show will be held May 14-18 in Hannover, Germany. The biennial event is a leading European trade show for the forest products industry.

            Ligna+ Hannover will feature exhibits and displays by suppliers of equipment for the entire wood production chain, from forestry and logging to the mass production of finished wood products and innovative surface finishing technologies. The six categories of exhibits are forestry, sawmill technology, solid wood working, wood materials and veneer production, wood crafts, and furniture. The trade show also includes a program of special displays, seminars and conferences.

            Organizers are expecting about 1,800 exhibitors from over 40 nations with more than 50% from outside Germany. Ligna+ Hannover will feature 1.3 million square feet of exhibits and displays.

            The 2005 Ligna+ Hannover show drew 96,675 visitors from 91 nations.

            For more information, visit

Wood-Mizer Tour to Visit 12 States and 4 Provinces

            Wood-Mizer Products, a leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills, will mark its 25th anniversary in 2007 with a 17-stop promotional tour across the U.S. and Canada.

            At each stop, Wood-Mizer will offer sawmill demonstrations, educational workshops, a look at past and current Wood-Mizer products, project plans to take home, and more. The tour will feature a 53-foot semi-trailer that will serve as a traveling stage and museum.

            The final stop on the tour will be at the company’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. and will include additional activities, including a dinner and show. Visitors at the final event will receive a t-shirt, log-lumber scale, $25 Wood-Mizer coupon, and 25th anniversary souvenirs.

            “It will be a full day to get hands-on experience, advance your Wood-Mizer knowledge, rub shoulders with some fellow sawmill enthusiasts, and just have some fun,” said Dave Mann, vice president of the company’s portable sawmill division.

            In addition to manufacturing portable band sawmills, Wood-Mizer manufactures its own line of bandsaw blades. The company also has an industrial division, AWMV, that produces the LT300 thin-kerf head rig, a multi-head band resaw system, and other machines.

            Upcoming tours are as follows: March 10 – Las Vegas, New Mexico; March 24 – Sheridan, Calif.; March 31 – Wood Village, Ore.; April 14 – Mosinee, Wis.; April 21 – Mt. Vernon, Mo.; May 5 – Shade Gap, Penn.; May 12 – Hannibal, N.Y.

            Registration is $25, and advance registration is suggested. To pre-register, call (800) 553-0182 or visit


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