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The History of Mill Log Equipment

In 1946, E.W. “Pop” Rose Sr. and Emil Jonas formed a partnership and first established Mill Log Equipment Co.  Mr. Rose and Mr. Jonas at that time were in Raymond, Washington.  Originally their major product line was a Western Gear product.

On July 31, 1946, E.W. Rose signed the first agreement with Twin Disc Clutch Company to become a distributor of Hydraulic Components.

E. W. “Buster” Rose joined the company in the late fifties.  During the sixties and early seventies Mill Log continued to grow under Buster’s direction.

Construction began in 1976 for the new Mill Log Equipment Corporate Office, now located in Coburg, Oregon.  Marine was established in April 1985 when Mill Log Equipment purchased Chain Gear, the Twin Disc Distributor for Washington and Alaska.

In July of 1988, Buster Rose was killed in a motor vehicle accident.  Jim and Donna Lovewell ran the company on Buster’s behalf until December of 1990.

At that time, Mill Log Equipment became a wholly owned subsidiary of Twin Disc Inc. located in Racine, Wisconsin.  Dennis D. Hoff was then appointed President of Mill Log Equipment.

October of 1997 proved a busy time for Mill Log Equipment as they purchased two more Twin Disc Distributors in Sparks Wagner of Portland, Oregon and Wilson Equipment with locations in Vancouver B.C. and Edmonton, Alberta. The Wilson Equipment acquisition firmly planted Mill Log as an international organization.

In 2010 our boarders expanded once again, as our customers in Russia were in desperate need of sales and support for Twin Disc power transmission equipment operating in the emerging gas fields. It was because of this growing need that Mill Log to the initiative and established a Twin Disc Service Dealer in Russia to provide some much needed support.

In February 2019, Palmer Johnson Power Systems acquired Mill Log Equipment Co., Inc. and Mill Log Wilson Equipment Ltd. from Twin Disc, Inc. The acquisition encompasses all Mill Log assets, territory rights and inventory. Effective March 4th, 2019 Mill Log is now Palmer Johnson Power Systems.