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OLC President Ken Wienke

OLC President Ken Wienke

The theme of this year’s OLC conference is The World Needs Our Wood. Oregon Logging Conference directors felt that based on the growth of this year’s export market, it would be an ideal time to focus on how to make Northwest logs and wood products even more available to the world.

Keynote Speaker
For that reason they invited keynote speaker William F. Springer, vice president, diversified products division of Caterpillar, to help shed light on the market.

“He knows a lot about Caterpillar’s plans worldwide for equipment,” says OLC President, Ken Weinke. “We expect him to speak about how the Northwest can serve the world market and what obstacles he sees for the Northwest to be competitive.”

In addition to Springer’s speech, classes will also address the markets abroad, like the China Export Markets seminar presented by Tom Leed of Pacific Lumber & Shipping.

Pressures on Manufacturers
Other speakers will look at the pressures the export market has placed on manufacturers. “Log prices for local manufacturers have been largely driven in the Northwest by the export markets,” says Wienke. “We need to find a better solution from our federal lands to provide timber so that it helps provide an economic source of logs for our own manufacturers.”

Whether you’re looking for solutions or a broader understanding of the global market, plan to attend the 2012 Oregon Logging Conference.