Forestry Equipment, It’s What I Do

John started his career in 1976 when he graduated from Unity College with an Associate Degree in Forestry. He was hired by International Paper prior to graduating, and he immediately went to work after completing school. From 1976 to 1987 John spent his time cruising timber, laying out harvest plans, supervising harvests, and road building on company-owned land in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties in Maine.

In 1987 John was promoted to Supervisor of Construction, Maintenance and Engineering for International Paper's Southern Maine District.

He was responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, and stream crossings. John supervised a team of 20 plus employees that ran a fleet of dozers, excavators, graders, and trucks. He was responsible for two maintenance facilities.

In 1993 John was promoted to Manager of Construction, Maintenance and Engineering for International Paper and his territory encompassed the entire Northeast Region of the United States. This territory included timberlands and facilities from Pennsylvania to Maine. John facilitated the construction and equipment purchases for log yards, pulpwood yards, and chipping facilities. In addition, John trained loggers in "Best Management Practices" and trained field foresters in "Logging Costs" in an effort to improve efficiency in the woods.

In 1998 John left International Paper and entered into a partnership agreement to be a principal owner in The Oliver Stores. The Oliver Stores, a Maine-based company, was at that time a heavy equipment dealer and represented Timbco, Prentice, Franklin, ProPac, Quadco, and various other forest products manufacturers. The Oliver Stores was building a new facility in Lancaster, New Hampshire. John's job was to get it built, staff it, and make the location a profitable branch for The Oliver Stores servicing New Hampshire, Vermont, and portions of Massachusetts. The Lancaster branch was an immediate success and was a large contributor to the profitability of The Oliver Stores. Due to increased business and demands, the company restructured the organization and John was appointed Vice President of the company as well as Branch Manager for Lancaster.

In 2012 The Oliver Stores entered into a sales agreement with Anderson Equipment Company to acquire The Oliver Stores. Anderson Equipment Company purchased The Oliver Stores for many reasons, but one of the primary reasons was their expertise in the forest products industry. John was the Branch Manager for the Lancaster, New Hampshire and East Montpelier, Vermont branches of Anderson Equipment Company. In addition, John took on the added responsibility of General Manager of Forestry for Anderson Equipment in 2016. This included the responsibility for purchase and sale of all new and used forestry equipment. Anderson Equipment products included Komatsu Forestry, TimberPro, Rotobec, Bandit, Barko, Logmax, Quadco, ProPac, and Deloupe.


That Brings Us to Today

On December 31, 2021, John retired from Anderson Equipment Company and decided to use his knowledge and expertise and begin this new business venture. John has met hundreds of contractors in his career and would like to utilize his experience to help them. Whether it be the forest, the equipment or the people, he is passionate about the industry and would like the opportunity to assist whenever he can.

John is a Maine native and is married to his wife, Susan. They reside on Moosehead Lake in Greenville Junction.