Birkeland hired as new Executive Vice President of Minnesota Timber Producers Association


(Dec. 6, 2019 / DULUTH, Minn.) – Mike Birkeland was hired Dec. 6 as the new Executive Vice President of the Minnesota Timber Producers Association (TPA). He succeeds Wayne Brandt, who passed away in September 2019 after helping lead the two forest products organizations for 30 years.


Since 2001, Birkeland has worked at Grand Rapids-based Lake Country Power, the past 13 years as its Director of Member Service and Community Relations. For seven years prior to that, he was Regional Communication Manager for Potlatch Corporation in Cloquet.


TPA President Kurt Benson added, “Our members and other stakeholders are familiar with Mike from his work with Lake Country Power and Potlatch, so we already know the kind of quality person we’re getting for this key position.”


Birkeland will also serve as Executive Vice President of TPA’s sister organization, Minnesota Forest Industries.  His first day with TPA/MFI will be Jan. 13, 2020, said Birkeland says he’s humbled and ready to hit the ground running.


“It’s a privilege to have been chosen to represent and advocate for the 32,000 men and women who work in Minnesota’s woods and mills,” said Birkeland, 53. “I’m looking forward to building on Wayne Brandt’s legacy of excellence as the forest products industry continues to diversify the products it provides to the world.”


The Minnesota Timber Producers Association is a trade association representing the loggers, truckers, and sawmills in Minnesota.


TPA members encourage conservation, proper forest management and industry development that foster sound environmental stewardship, multiple use of timber lands and sustainable, long-term timber supply.

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