• Stihl presented its national Forestry Heroism Award to James Gibson, a Texas logger who spent more than 12 hours on a track loader, dismantling and removing loads from the tragic Texas A&M bonfire.
James, who is employed by Steely Lumber Co. in Huntsville, Tex., received a plaque, a Stihl model 046M chain saw, a cash prize of $1,000, and a trip to the Stihl Timbersports Finals. Stihl also will donate $1,000 to a fund designated by the Texas State Forestry Department and will contribute $5,000 to Texas A&M University.
• Blount, whose forestry and industrial equipment division manufactures timber harvesting equipment under the brand names Prentice, Hydro-Ax and CTR, issued two personnel announcements.
Travis Phillips joined the company as CTR product manager and Phil Sauls was promoted to training manager for Prentice, Hydro-Ax and CTR products. Travis will be responsible for the development of the CTR delimber, slasher and grapple product lines as well as the Prentice A-frame and Telstik products; Phil will oversee service training for all three Blount forestry product lines.
• Harry McVeety Jr. has closed Forest Products Machinery & Consulting Service, retiring after a 43-year career serving the forest products industry. His father, Harry McVeety Sr., started the family business in 1914.
Under Harry Jr.’s leadership, the business developed and sold hundreds of hog fuel systems throughout the U.S. and Canada during the 1970s. During the latter part of his career he concentrated on consulting and appraisal services. In the 1980s he also owned and operated a millwork and antique reproduction business in Mobile, Ala.
• Carter Products recognized Stohler Co. Inc. as its top producer of 1999; the accomplishment was based on sales volume.
It is the second consecutive year the sales award was won by Stohler, which is headed by Kelly Stohler. Stohler Co. is based in Milford, Mich., and markets Carter’s woodworking machinery accessory products throughout Michigan and Indiana.
• Roland Mohn of Waynesboro, Penn., won the Prentice Log Loader Championship at the Richmond Expo. Roland’s time of 2:04.31 was a new record, and the other two top winners also broke the previous record of 2:11, which was set in 1973.
The contest was carried out on a new Prentice 280 loader, which features a ‘flow on demand’ hydraulic system.
• Pioneer, a forestry, construction and industrial equipment dealer, has made several personnel appointments and announcements.
J. Garner Scott resumed the responsibilities of president and chief executive officer and Tim Bradley was promoted to chief financial officer. Don Dubey was promoted to director of sale and marketing for forestry. Stephen Scott was named director of sales and marketing for construction, and Ulla Korkeamaki was appointed marketing administration manager.
Howard Lynch was named parts manager in South Hill, Va. Alex Cobb was appointed territory manager in West Columbia, S.C. Michael Simmons was promoted to service manager in Salem, Va. And Michael Courtney was named service manager in Richmond, Va.
Also, Pioneer awarded its Pioneer Spirit Award to Jerry Norris, an equipment demonstrator. The annual award goes to the employee who best represents customer focus and employee fellowship.
• International Paper promoted Paul Lohman to manager of wood supply to wood products for forest resources. His responsibility will be ensuring adequate supplies of logs to the company’s 30 woods products mills and leadership to ensure the effectiveness of joint mill-forest resource teams.
• The Northeastern Loggers Association recently bestowed its Outstanding Service to the Forest Industry Award to Ted Shina. The award recognized his years of involvement in the promotion of good forestry, including his leading role in the establishment of the James River Project Learning Tree Demonstration Forest in Maine.
The association also presented its Outstanding Contribution to Safety Award to Louise Brochu; she was cited for her work in developing a safety program for her two brothers’ logging business, distinguished by inspections and evaluations of training outcomes.