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October 17-19, 2018

Portland Expo Center | Portland, Oregon

About 1,600 industry (non-exhibitor) personnel, representing 110 forest products producer companies and hundreds of individual mill site operations, attended the third Timber Processing & Energy Expo held September 28-30, 2016 at the Portland Exposition Center.

The event, produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, LLC—an affiliate of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., Timber Processing and Panel World magazines—caters to primary producers of lumber, veneer-plywood and engineered wood products.

“Attendance from the mills was up about 10% from 2014, which we thought was solid considering the number of mill closures and consolidations in the Northwest during the past two years,” comments Show Director Rich Donnell.

About 1,100 exhibitor personnel were also in attendance. (Total registration was 3,000—1,800 non-exhibitors and 1,200 exhibitors, but as is typical about 10% of free pre-registration were no-shows.)

Attendees from 39 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 20 countries besides the U.S. and Canada came to view 225 exhibiting companies on 60,000 sq. ft. of booth space.

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Introducing the VRM Super Hi Inertia Vertical Wood Hog, from Rawlings Manufacturing Inc. No cookie cutter machine can meet everyone’s space constraints or challenges. We have had several customers over the years that wanted a Rawlings solid rotary hog but did not have the overhead clearance in their existing footprint to allow for a clam shell opening type of machine.  The VRM hog opens hydraulically from the rear of the machine allowing full access to the hog’s internal wear components and rotor for ease of maintenance.  All Rawlings Hogs are equipped with our Patented Super Hi-Inertia Rotor that powers through feed surges with ease while still running at lower RPMs than all other machines on the market.  This saves our customers both maintenance and electricity costs.

Rawlings Manufacturing Inc. Celebrating the Company’s 40th Year Anniversary

A History of Hard Work  

The Rawlings family knows the meaning of hard work. The family business started out as a sawmill Construction Company in 1976.  While growing a successful business and reputation within the forest industry, Pat and Cliff Rawlings raised their three sons, John, Craig and Mike, in and around sawmills, working and learning the industry from the inside out.

History of the Rawlings Wood Hog

In the early 1980s, Cliff developed the Rawlings solid rotary wood hog. During this time, sawmills had generally used hammer mills to pulverize bark into hog fuel for boilers, but many had given up on processing cedar because the bark was so stringy. Cliff’s new grinder used a system of solid rotors that efficiently reduced the more challenging bark without the usual equipment breakdown.  The same concept is being utilized today in the Rawlings wood hog. In 1996 John Rawlings improved on his father’s original rotary hog design an introduced the Super Hi Inertia Rotor.  Since then, Rawlings has earned the reputation for a heavy duty wood hog that can handle tough materials, such as green waste, cypress, redwood and cedar. Rawlings has manufactured and marketed several series of product lines offering its customers wood waste processing equipment in a full range of sizes and models.

Saw Dust in Their Veins

All three sons have continued working in and around the forest and sawmill industries. Some would say they have sawdust in their veins.   John Rawlings, current Owner and President of Rawlings Manufacturing Inc., also known as the “Hog Doctor”, has continued to manufacture the Rawlings wood hog, while developing custom wood and bark recovery systems.  Craig Rawlings, President and CEO of Forest Business Network, is a walking textbook on woody biomass, and is recognized as a national expert and leader in under-utilized timber and woody biomass. And Mike Rawlings, President of Rawlings Industrial, is a leading builder of saw mills, chip mills, and planer mills and has earned the trust of mill owners, project managers and engineers nationwide.

Rawlings Manufacturing Inc. still knows the importance of owning and operating a family owned company.  The next generation of Rawlings sons, Cliff and Nick Rawlings, currently work at the company and bring new energy to the future vision at Rawlings.    Much of the family’s growth is a result of the rock solid work ethic that is inherited from their parents and grandparents.

We would like to thank our customers for making this milestone happen.