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Great Lakes TPA Magazine - August 2017


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Barko Harvesters: Powerful Efficiency at Work

Barko continues to provide innovative improvements to its lineup of Tier 4 harvesters and feller bunchers. Purpose-built from the ground up, these productive and efficient machines incorporate extensive input from leading engineers, end users, and other forestry professionals.


Director's Notes

Utilization of trucks for movement of goods is likely the number one method of transportation in the United States and throughout the world for that matter.  Even though trucks move the lion’s share of all products, they’re also considered the root of all evil when it comes to road damage and the expense of road repair.  Many commentaries are written with statements like “a heavy truck fee to pay for the pounding they put on roads” are quite common.  If that statement is true, does it mean that when engineers say roads are being built to truck weight standards they’re really not built to those standards?  If highways are being built to truck standards, how then is it possible trucks are pounding them?  Speaking for log trucks they voluntarily reduced their axle weight in 2005 to lessen road wear.


FISTA Report

In our continuing efforts to encourage a progressive safety program, we announce a unique policy benefiting everyone. It is a hardhat exemption program. If you are  one  of  those  hard-headed  individuals  that wants to let your hair blow in the breeze, who feels a hardhat shortens his/her neck, and that in general it is just a pain in the you-know-what , this program is for you. Every employee is required to wear a hardhat on the job. But, if you earn a certificate of exemption, you will be excused from this requirement.


President's Message

Greetings from the Great North Woods.

I am excited to report that the 72nd Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo is right around the corner.  This year’s Expo will be at the UP State Fairgrounds in Escanaba MI.  Mark your calendars for September 7th, 8th and 9th!  Thursday, September 7th it will be from 12p.m-5p.m.  Friday, September 8th, is a full day, 8a.m – 5 p.m.  Saturday, the 9th is from 8a.m-1p.m.  The cost is only $10.00 for all three days.  Kids under 18 are free.  Where else could you get a deal like that?  Thursday night is the Kickoff event from 6pm. – 9p.m.