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COVER: 45th Annual Lumbermen's Buying Guide
The Timber Processing August 2023 issue features the 45th Annual Lumbermen’s Buying Guide—your new desktop guide to over 350 forest products industry equipment manufacturers, suppliers and service businesses and their products.
- No Such Thing As Waste: New Swiss Tschopp sawmill calls in Vecoplan to process byproducts
- Bruks Purchases West Salem Machinery
- Pukepine Announces Planer Mill Upgrade
- Fuchs Plans New Production Facility
- DC Equipment Buys Madill Brand, Assets
- Wellons Canada Buys MEC Dry Kiln
Productivity & Efficiency: A Conference By Timber Processing
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies submitted editorial profiles about their upcoming exhibit at the SFPA Expo August 23-25 in Nashville, Tennessee to complement their advertisements placed in the Timber Processing August 2023 issue.
- American Wood Dryers
- A.W. Stiles Contractors
- BID Group
- BM&M Screening Solutions
- Brunner Hildebrand Lumber Dry Kiln Co.
- Burton Mill Solutions
- Cleereman Industries
- Cone Omega
- Cooper Machine
- Delta Motion
- Evergreen Engineering
- Fulghum Industries
- Greg F. Smith Co.
- Halco Software Systems
- Hurst Boiler & Welding
- Metal Detectors Inc.
- Mid-South Engineering
- Nyle Dry Kilns
- Oleson Saw Technology
- Optimil Machinery
- Porter Engineering
- Precision Husky Corp.
- Progress Industries
- Rawlings Manufacturing
- Real Performance Machinery
- Salem Equipment
- Samuel Coding & Labeling
- Superior Solutions
- S. Huot
- SiCam Systems
- Taylor Machine Works
- Telco Sensors
- Timber Machine Technologies
- U-C Coatings
- Valon Kone
- Westervelt Announces Sheffield As CFO
- Canfor, West Fraser Talk Sustainability
- National Hardwood Lumber Association Receives Grant From Forest Service
PRODUCT SCANNER 10
- Forest Monitoring
- Mobile CharBoss
- Log Load Binder
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The Issues: I Knew Nashville Before It Became “Nashville”
Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing
The SFPA Expo heads to Nashville, Tenn. August 23-25, to be held at the Music City Center downtown. The event has been held every other year in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. It will be interesting to see how it fares. The Expo hasn’t done that well when venturing away from Atlanta, such as to Dallas and New Orleans, but SFPA Executive Director Eric Gee has pieced together a great exhibitor floorplan. It’s possible the show will draw more Midwest lumbermen than in the past. The question is will the Deep South southern pine lumber producers continue to make the trek?
They’re missing out if they don’t, not just to take in the new show venue, or sit in on the Productivity & Efficiency Conference that we organize for the Expo, but to experience Nashville itself. The city is absolutely bursting at the seams (more like already come apart at the seams) with business development and population growth. There’s even talk Nashville may get a major league baseball team, to go along with its existing NFL and NHL sports teams.
I know a little bit about Nashville. Working for Ralston Purina, my dad (and our family) was transferred (as would happen back in those days) from Bloomington, Ill. (where I was born—we actually lived in nearby Heyworth) to Nashville in 1962. Heyworth was a small farm town and all we knew about Nashville was the Grand Ole Opry. I was going into the second grade at H.G. Hill Elementary School while my two brothers were entering seventh and 10th grades at nearby Hillwood High School.
How long ago was that? Well, consider that after school I would come home and my mom and I would watch country music variety shows on television. One was the Porter Wagoner Show, during which he introduced a young girl named Dolly Parton; another was the Bobby Lord Show; and if memory serves me, there was the Bill Anderson Show (who can forget his hit song, “Still”).
We moved into a new house on Post Road in a new subdivision under development in the West Meade area. The train tracks ran behind our house. My little league baseball coach was an engineer and he would thunder by, sound his horn and wave at me. On the other side of the tracks was Harding Road and Belle Meade Mansion. It was said that during the battle of Nashville, Union artillery set up in our back yard and fired at the Confederate forces occupying the mansion.
We were transferred again when I was in the middle of ninth grade, in late 1969, to St. Louis, headquarters of Ralston Purina. It was tough for this young teenager to leave Nashville. My oldest brother never really left—practicing law and raising a family, and still lives there with his wife in retirement. My other brother’s nephew and his family reside there today, as does a niece and her husband.
Not long after college I lived in Nashville in 1979 and worked for a studio, traveling around the state, interviewing and recording sports personalities, and writing the script for a five-minute radio sports show called Tennessee Sports Talk. Talk about having to write “tight.”
I don’t get back to Nashville enough, but when I do the memories always come calling. Heck we used to walk from our house to downtown Nashville, a good seven mile hike or so. You could do that back then.
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