Association of Equipment Manufacturers

AEM Groups – Product-Specific Groups

Forestry Equipment Council

Product Focus

Forestry specific products including:

  • Skidders
  • Feller Bunchers
  • Tracked and Wheeled Harvesters
  • Forwarders
  • Harvester and Processer Heads
  • Log Loaders
  • Forestry Excavator Conversions

Mission Statement

  1. To provide a forum where forestry equipment related issues can be openly and freely discussed.
  2. Market expansion and efficiently serving the needs of the forest harvesting contractors and foresters.
  3. To improve the image of forestry and forest harvest operations.
  4. To promote the interests of member Forestry Equipment manufacturers and represent the industry in the spirit of cooperation with a common voice regarding:
    • Safety Issues
    • Machine Standards, Domestic and International
    • Regulatory & Compliance Issues
    • Market Statistics
    • Market Issues


All AEM members with an interest in forestry equipment or forestry related issues are encouraged to join.  Although each company has one vote on issues coming before the council; however, multiple representatives from a single company may attend meetings and participate in Forestry Equipment Council activities.


Leadership of the Council is provided by a Chairman and a Vice Chairman elected from the ranks of the Council’s membership. The Chairman is elected for a two year renewable term with the Vice Chairman being the natural successor.  A nominating committee is appointed to identify officer candidates with AEM staff assistance.

Role of the Forestry Equipment Council

  • To Identify and develop industry positions and recommendations on forestry related issues.
  • To serve as the voice of the industry when dealing with forestry related issues.
  • To develop industry positions regarding regulatory and legislative matters impacting the forestry marketplace.
  • To identify and recommend additional services or service improvements to AEM forestry members.
  • To provide a defined communication path for staff to address forestry issues.


Organized as a council in 1975.


Group Resources

Group Leadership

Tim West
Deere & Company

Vice Chairman
Tom Lane

AEM Staff Contact

Nathan Burton
Technical & Safety Services Manager | 414-298-4126

Mike Pankonin
Senior Director, Technical & Safety Services | 414-298-4128

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