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Pennsylvania Forest Products Expo returns to Penn State

Posted: May 18, 2011

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 [1] and
School of Forest Resources [2], 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.