Business Briefs

By Staff | April 05, 2012

Vecoplan introduces new wood waste grinder

Vecoplan has added the VAZ 1300 to its selection of wood waste grinders. The system incorporates elements that improve performance, increase durability and decrease maintenance time.

Cardan shaft drives eliminate drive belts, lower maintenance costs and decrease overall machine base widths. Double sidewalls reduce wear, eliminate contamination of bearings, as well as heat transfer to bearings, and increase durability. Reversible counter knives deliver twice the life, and hydraulic swing-up screen carriages provide quick and easy access to the rotor for cutter replacements, tramp metal removal, and other routine maintenance. Rotatable screens can be turned 180 degrees, increasing wear life by a factor of 1.5, and externally adjustable counter knives allow the operator to maintain optimal cutting tolerances quickly and easily.


Alliance for Green Heat launches wood stove design challenge

The Alliance for Green Heat has publicly launched its Next Generation Wood Stove Design Challenge. The program will highlight and promote innovation in wood stoves.

Organizations supporting the challenge include Popular Mechanics magazine, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

The deadline for initial applications is Dec. 20 and the finalists will bring their stoves to Washington for the Decathlon in November 2013. The winning design will receive $25,000 and coverage in Popular Mechanics. Second place winners will share a $10,000 award. For rules and more information about the Wood Stove Design Challenge, visit

Eucalyptus and pine log prices in Brazil neared all-time highs in 2011

Eucalyptus log prices in Brazil reached a peak in the third quarter of 2011, but fell almost 8 percent in the fourth quarter in U.S. dollar terms, according to Wood Resources International LLC.

Prices for Eucalyptus pulpwood traded in the open market are high not only from a historical perspective, but also as compared to many other regions around the world. Only pulp mills in Europe and Australia had higher hardwood fiber costs than Brazil in late 2011, while North America, Chile, Russia and Indonesia all had lower hardwood log prices than Brazil, the world’s largest market pulp exporter, Wood Resources International reported. Wood fiber cost is by far the most important cost component for Brazilian pulpmills, more so than for most other pulp mills in the world.

Fecon celebrates 20 years

Feb. 17 marked Fecon Inc.’s 20th anniversary in the forestry mulching business. The company will host a Field Day/Open House on April 26 featuring live demonstrations, machine displays, factory tours, a night out at the ballpark, and more.

Fecon started in 1992 to serve the growing needs of the organic resource recovery industry. Its first Bull Hog was sold 20 years ago and is still running today with more than 20,000 hours on it. Today, with 107 employees, Fecon calls its 111,000-square-foot factory in Lebanon, Ohio, home.
For more information on the event, visit

Jansen announces new senior consultant

Jansen Combustion and Boiler Technologies Inc. has hired Roger Lawton as a senior consultant. Lawton began his work with the company Feb. 27 out of the Atlanta, Ga., area.

He brings to his position with Jansen more than 35 years of experience in the areas of chemical recovery and biomass boilers. Lawton holds a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in business administration finance. He earned both from the University of Connecticut.