forest products industry

Engineering the Bounce
4:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

In Mercer, A Basketball Court is Born

Action Floor Systems is based in Mercer, Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

With the Final Four coming up this weekend, many people's eyes will be glued to the basketball courts.  But have you ever thought about where those court floors come from? Most of the country’s wooden gym floors are made here in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan. 

Here in the small town of Mercer, Wisconsin, a gym floor starts with unloading a pallet of maple planks delivered from a sawmill.

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Business & Industry
3:51 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Timber Industry Vies For Lawmaker Attention

GLPTA is bringing a harvester simulator to the state capitol, to re-create the experience of cutting down a tree.
Credit Heikki Valve

Northern timber workers are heading to the capitol Wednesday, hoping to remind lawmakers of the importance of their industry.  

Advocacy group Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is organizing the trip.  Director Henry Schoenebeck says the group plans to bus 150 people to Madison and park several logging trucks around the capitol. They’ll even bring along special virtual reality machine called a harvester operator simulator, that mimics the experience of cutting down a tree. 

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