Latest in Logging at North Star Expo
Posted at: 09/13/2013 5:15 PM
| Updated at: 09/13/2013 6:16 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
Over at the fairgrounds in Grand Rapids, hundreds are celebrating one of the Northland's biggest industries. It's the 60th North Star Expo and there is plenty of sawdust flying around the grounds.
More than 100 vendors are showing off their very latest in logging and over $15 million worth of equipment is on display.
It's an industry full of history, and their annual expo is no different.
Dale Erickson has logged Minnesota's forests for 40 years and has yet to miss a North Star Expo. He's a master logger.
"You get to meet vendors, loggers, and all the camaraderie. You don't see all of them very often, it's just a great get together," said Erickson.
For the loggers, the expo is a chance to check out the newest tools, and for the vendors it's a chance to show them off. Ponsse is a Finnish company brought to the Northland.
"We have a lot of customers here in Minnesota so we come every year to the expo with any new machines and equipment we have," said CEO Pekka Ruuskanen.
The expo covers everything from the heavy equipment needed for industrial logging, to the smaller operations of homeowners. Wood Mizer out of Wausau caters to any size of logger. They have smaller machines to help the homeowner use whatever they can find in their backyard.
"If they have damaged trees or stuff that blows down they can convert it into something grandpa can make into a cradle for the grandchildren," said Steve Stanke with Wood Mizer.
The expo continues Saturday at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids. The displays are open from 9 a.m.- 2p.m.