Hardwood timber is big in Pennsylvania. That's why the nation's largest hardwood-producing industry will host Timber 2011 at Rock Springs, Pa. on June 3 and 4.
Formally known as the Pennsylvania Forest Products and Technology Expo, the event promises to put attendees "in the driver's seat" with hands-on demonstrations of state-of-the-art machinery. As many as 100 commercial exhibitors will be aiming for loggers, sawmill operators, value-added processors and forest landowners in the Northeast.
The bi-annual expo is hosted in partnership with Penn State's College of Ag Sciences and School of Forest Resources. The event will be held at the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs, on Pa. Route 45, nine miles southwest of State College.
Timber 2011 is an opportunity for forest products companies to hone their business skills, learn about the latest production practices and see new technology, says Penn State's Bob Oberheim, the show's manager. At this show "you can learn about the latest technologies, production methods, business practices and regulations," he adds.
Workshops will cover topics such as the proposed National Hardwood Check-off Program, equipment safety and business management issues.
Indoor and outdoor exhibits will include trucks, trailers, forklifts, plus equipment for land owners, loggers, lumbermen, sawmills, wood processors and pellet manufacturers. Exhibits also will include feller bunchers with cut-to length processor heads, forwarders, log skidders, landing loader and slashers, whole-tree chippers, walking floor trailers, sawmill equipment and firewood processors, plus horizontal grinders, chippers and shavers
Daily demonstrations scheduled
* Daily 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.
* A ride-and-drive area will allow attendees to test-drive log skidders and forwarders.
Primary sponsors for Timber 2011 are Ag Choice Farm Credit, Foster F. Wineland Inc./John Deere and Taylor Machine Works Inc. Parking and admission are free for attendees.
For more details, call (814) 863-2873 or visit the show website at http://agsci.psu.edu/timber.