Expo to Showcase Pennsylvania Forest Products Industry

3/9/2013 7:00 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Preparations are under way for the 2013 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, which will be held June 7-8 at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

Known as Timber 2013, the biannual trade exposition is hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and admission are free.

Timber 2013 is an opportunity for owners and employees of forest-products companies to hone their business skills, learn about the latest production practices and see emerging technology, according to Penn State’s Bob Oberheim, Timber 2013 manager.

The leading hardwood-producing state in the nation, Pennsylvania is home to more than 2,100 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.

Available on both days of the show will be a free Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative training course, which will enable loggers to meet their annual state continuing education requirements.

On-site and in-the-woods demonstrations will feature a range of forest-product technologies and machinery. A ride-and-drive area will allow attendees to test-drive selected equipment.

For more information on Timber 2013, including details on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, call 814-863-2873 or visit the show website at http://agsci.psu.edu/timber.

Twitter users can find and share information about the event by using the hashtag #PaTimberShow.

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