PLC Summer Meeting a Success

The 2018 Pacific Logging Congress summer meeting, held June 25-27, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon was as productive as it was fun.

Exhibitor Tour

Jeff Wimer and Crew

On Monday, June 25, the PLC members and PLC Live In-Woods show exhibitors met at the Peavy Arboretum cabin to talk about the upcoming show and to tour the site.

Nearly 50 people carpooled up to the OSU Research Forest to see the progress that President Jeff Wimer and his crew had made since the March 17 tour. The progress was amazing — active site pads had been cleared, trails cut and roads improved.

Of course, there was still plenty of work to be done, but exhibitors got of good idea of what the show would look like, and they got a chance to ask questions and make requests. The PLC board also got the chance to see what challenges lie ahead and to figure out some solutions.

BBQ Lunch & Dinner

After the tour, everyone grabbed a little BBQ back at the cabin. The highlight was came after the mean when Jeff Wimer brought his student crew up and introduced them. They are the young men who had done the work on the site and were going to the industry's next generation of industry professionals.

After lunch, some took a hike to the OSU old growth forests and later met up at the Big River Restaurant to celebrate a productive day.

Board Meeting & Tour

The PLC board met Tuesday morning, and hashed out even more details for the upcoming show. Everyone left knowing there was a lot of work ahead, but feeling positive about the show that was shaping up.

Next was walk over to the OSU campus for a tour of the new Peavy Forest Science Center in construction. The three-story, 1.2 million board feet building is being constructed of of Oregon-made cross-laminated timber. The innovative design will be both attractive and also an incredible learning facility. Also, new technology being installed to not only withstand a big earthquake, but students will be able the monitor the CLT panels in various ways throughout the life of the building.

For any who ever doubted the strength of CLT, those doubts were squelched at the OSU lab, where a beam was put to the test. The beam being tested finally split at approximately 8,000 pounds of pressure — not that the beams will ever see that kind of stress.

Block 15 Brewery

For those that didn't have to run back to work, the last stop was the Block 15 Brewery. It was a nice end to a busy, but productive meeting.

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