There is a “gate change” for Timber & Biomass Expo Southeast, the large-scale logging equipment demonstration set for this coming April 16-17 in south Georgia. The new location is now Lowndes County. Specifically, it’s a pine plantation situated 15 miles east of Valdosta, adjacent to state route 135 and four miles south of the Naylor community (U.S. 84).
The show was previously advertised as being held in Toombs County near Vidalia, Ga., but a communications breakdown among several parties nullified that arrangement. Show sponsor Hatton-Brown Publishers subsequently approached The Langdale Co. about hosting the event and its management stepped up with the new site. Headquartered in Valdosta, Langdale, a diversified timberland and forest products company with multiple other business interests, hosted the show one other time, in 1994. .
“We apologize to those exhibitors who have already selected sites, made lodging arrangements and so on and beg for their understanding as we move forward with this much-anticipated event,” said Hatton-Brown partner David (DK) Knight. “At the same time, we are very grateful to The Langdale Co. for agreeing to host the show by providing the site.”
Hatton-Brown publishes several magazines, among them Southern Loggin’ Times, Timber Harvesting and Wood Bioenergy. Knight and others at the company feel that as the economy improves, as the forest products industry gets traction, and as new wood-to-energy projects move ahead, many loggers are looking to replace aging equipment. “Blend in the fact that it’s been eight years since a large-scale logging equipment demo was held in south Georgia, and you’ve got a good environment for a beneficial event of this type.”
Hatton-Brown anticipates that upwards of 3,000 will attend the show, coming primarily from Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina. Admission is $20 per person, excluding spouses and children under 18.
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