Trade Talk – November 2022

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Wilsonville, OR—Collins, based here, announced recently that Tom Insko will become the President and CEO of the company to succeed President and CEO, Eric Schooler. An experienced business leader, Insko was set to assume responsibilities on October 1, 2022. He served as the President of Eastern Oregon University, a position he has held since 2015.

Insko has 27 years of successful leadership experience and brings to Collins an extensive background in the wood products industry. He was with Boise Cascade for 20 years holding positions as plant manager, production manager, senior financing manager, region manager, and area manager. At the time of his departure from Boise, Insko was responsible for nine manufacturing facilities with more than 1,100 employees. His manufacturing experience spans plywood, composite panels, lumber, and laminated beams. He has also worked extensively in forest policy and management, log and fiber procurement, sales, and finance. Insko is currently a commissioner on the Oregon Business Development Commission and previously served two terms on the Oregon Board of Forestry.

“Tom lives by ethics and values that are well aligned with those of our company and family,” stated Cherida Collins Smith, Board Chair. “He has a vast amount of experience dealing with the complexities in our business as well as demonstrated success in meeting challenges inherent in our industry and in these times, that we were looking for to succeed the leadership Eric Schooler has undertaken in the last 21 years. We are confident Tom is an excellent choice to lead our company forward.”

Insko holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Business Economics from Eastern Oregon University and an MBA from the College of William & Mary.

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Newald, WI–Cleereman Industries/Cleereman Controls, headquartered here, recently performed a number of equipment installations at companies that manufacture Hardwood lumber, according to Vice President Paul Cleereman.

Interlink Lumber LLC of Bonduel, WI installed an 848-Cleereman Debarker, Cleereman Log Deck with Stop/Loader, Cleereman Sub-Structure and Cleereman Controls Package.

JM Wood Products of Allentown, PA installed a Cleereman 642- 3-Saw Edger System and Cleereman Controls Edger Setworks.

King’s Sawmill of Spring Glen, PA got a Cleereman Optimized 654- 2-Saw Edger with Shifting Gang Cluster and Cleereman Optimized Edger Control Package.

Kersten Lumber Co. of Birnamwood, WI received Cleereman Linear Carriage Controls.

“Cleereman Industries has sold over 30 edgers since they displayed the first one at the Richmond Expo in May of 2021. Customer feedback has been very positive on the new edger line. Cleereman Controls continues to grab market share and has sold over 165 controls systems since 2019. 2022 has been a busy year in the carriage division and we will have delivered close to 40 new carriages by year’s end,” said Cleereman.

Rich in logging and sawmill history, Cleereman Industries has developed and manufactured sawmill machinery for over 60 years using three guiding principles:

•Manufacture high quality products built for high production, increased yield and years of trouble-free operations.
•Use simple yet highly functional designs to minimize the number of moving parts while maximizing the performance and functionality.
•Provide unequaled service and support to its customers.

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Louisville, MS—Taylor Machine Works, Inc., headquartered here, recently introduced the new CLEAR-VU Operator Station across its entire X- Series Heavy Duty Lift Truck lineup. This innovative configuration of Taylor’s proven, and durable DREAM Cabin fundamentally changes how the operator views and experiences his daily work and surrounding environment. The most notable feature of this new operator station is the intuitive COMFORT STEER mini-wheel, which is mounted on the armrest and controlled with the left hand. It replaces the traditional steering wheel and column, which are completely removed. From inside the cab, the operator’s field-of-view forward is open from floor to ceiling.

Improved posture for the operator is a key benefit of the new CLEAR-VU operator station. All the features that were previously on the dash panel are now at the operators’ fingertips. The COMFORT STEER mini-wheel is actuated by the left hand, while the Joystick console, TICS (Taylor Integrated Control System) display, and all other machine controls are mounted on the right armrest. This relaxed position enhances the operator’s arm, elbow, shoulder, and neck comfort. More efficient and productive work cycles are a noteworthy benefit of improved operator positioning and comfort.

The armrest-mounted mini-wheel is not a new concept to Taylor. The Taylor 100,000-lb. capacity Log Stackers have been equipped (as standard) with a hydraulically driven version of the mini-wheel for over a decade. The new COMFORT STEER mini-wheel utilizes steer-by-wire technology combined with traditional hydraulics to provide durability while meeting all applicable safety requirements. Robert Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of Taylor Machine Works, Inc., expressed, “This new COMFORT STEER system signals a major shift in how our Lift Trucks will be operated moving forward. While the traditional steer column setup in our DREAM cab will continue to be available and utilized, the huge benefits of the new CLEAR-VU operator station will quickly foster adoption across all our supported material handling industries.”

Taylor Machine Works, Inc. is a third and fourth-generation family-owned company and is celebrating its 95th year in business. Taylor serves multiple industries, including wood products, steel, ports, intermodal, concrete, and oil and gas.

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Omaha, NE – DMSi Software, headquartered here, announced recently that it has acquired Simply Computing International, Inc. (SCi), a leading provider of handheld inventory software for the Hardwood and softwood industries.

Based in Brewer, ME, SCi has offered unique business management software for over 30 years. Barry Hodgkin, founder, will join DMSi to ensure a smooth customer transition and to guide the software’s future direction.

“We are excited to bring SCi into the DMSi family as we expand our solutions for the Hardwood industry,” said Henry German, President of eLIMBS, LLC, a DMSi company. “They have a proven track record of successfully serving Hardwood and softwood businesses and will help us deliver the best software experience available to this market for years.”

“We are happy to join forces with DMSi,” said Hodgkin. “After building trusted relationships with our customers, I chose a company that was committed to serving our industry who can provide ongoing support and technology advancement for our customers.”

Both companies attended the National Hardwood Lumber Association annual convention in Cleveland, OH recently. Further details will also be communicated to customers and partners when the transaction is finalized.

Headquartered in Omaha, NE, DMSi Software is a leading provider of inventory software solutions to the building materials industry. Since DMSi’s founding in 1976, the company has grown to a team of over 200 people and a customer base of over 500.


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