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Meeting and greeting at the Forest Products Expo

Sue McCarthy greets Bob Bond and Bob Carlton at MFPC's booth at the 2013 Northeastern Forest Products Expo in Bangor.

Sue McCarthy greets Bob Bond and Bob Carlton at MFPC’s booth at the 2013 Northeastern Forest Products Expo in Bangor.

Executive Director Patrick Strauch talks with Don Parker of Parker Lumber in Bradford. .

Executive Director Patrick Strauch talks with MFPC member Don Parker of Parker Lumber in Bradford.

MFPC staff and board members spent two productive days at the 2013 Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo at the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center May 17-18. Sue McCarthy and Pat Sirois staffed the booth Friday, while Patrick Strauch and Roberta Scruggs were  on hand Saturday. Dick Robertson and Allan Ryder also pitched in.

“It was a good show — about 200 exhibitors.,” Pat Sirois said. “All of the latest technologies were on display. Show was well attended which indicates to me, people are feeling upbeat about business and the potential of investing in equipment. When you look at the investment made by vendors, it’s a sign of encouragement.  Some of the equipment vendors had been there for three days setting up.”

We talked to quite a few people, including members and potential members. Seventeen signed up to receive our newsletter and forest news clippings for three months. There were a fair number of conversations at our booth about what’s going on in the Maine Legislature — even with some legislators, such as Sen. Doug Thomas, R-Penobscot. ACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb also stopped by. Some attendees talked to us about wood supplies and others about the forest products economy.

Our "Name That Tree" exhibit was a crowd pleaser.

Our “Name That Tree” exhibit was a crowd pleaser.

Lots of folks stopped by our booth to try to “Name that tree” —  MFPC’s wood samples were quite a crowd pleaser. People spent considerable time trying to identify the samples. Nearly all guessed samples such as white ash and American beech, but the black cherry and hophorn beam stumped all but a few.

“The live trees would have been easier to identify than the samples, which were kind of dried out,” Sue said. “Some of them must have been 30 years old.”

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