News & Events


March 20–22, 2018

Oregon Convention Center | Portland, Oregon

Explores the entire supply chain for cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, laminated veneer lumber, and other mass timber; and the opportunities and obstacles for mass timber building in global construction.

* 70+ speakers
* 20+ countries
* 62 exhibitors
* 2 tours
* 4 educational tracks
* 2 receptions
* 100s of global mass timber experts

The Mass Timber Conference attracts professionals from across the forest, manufacturing, design, and construction industries.

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April 16-18, 2018

Cobb Galleria Centre | Atlanta, Georgia

The 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place April 16-18, 2018, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected biomass utilization industries—biobased power, thermal energy, fuels and chemicals.

Organized by BBI International and produced by Biomass Magazine, this event brings current and future producers of bioenergy and biobased products together with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. It’s a true one-stop shop – the world’s premier educational and networking junction for all biomass industries.

International Biomass Conference & Expo is where future and existing producers of biobased power, fuels and thermal energy products go to network with waste generators and other industry suppliers and technology providers. It’s where project developers converse with utility executives; where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists; and where Fortune 500 executives and influential policy makers sit side-by-side with American farmers and foresters.

International Biomass Conference & Expo is the largest, fastest-growing event of its kind. In 2018, this event is expected to draw nearly 1,200 attendees. In 2017, the event drew more than 1,000 attendees and doubling the attendance of the inaugural show. This growth is fueled by a world-class Expo and an acclaimed program.

Once again, the 2018 International Biomass Conference & Expo program will include 30-plus panels and more than 100 speakers, including 90 technical presentations on topics ranging from anaerobic digestion and gasification to pyrolysis and combined heat and power, all within the structured framework of four customized tracks:

Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

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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.