News and Events

Cancellation of the Great Lakes Expo

We have discovered, with great sadness, that the Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo has been cancelled for 2020. We congratulate the GLPTA on 75 years of this great Expo and look forward to seeing everyone next year. Wishing everyone health and safety during these uncertain times.


July 6, 2020

To our valued Customers,

We realize that we are living in an unprecedented time for everyone, with much uncertainty, due to the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the world.

During this time, we would like to assure you that Gem Chain Bar is committed to providing products and services to our customers.  We greatly appreciate your business and will strive to meet order fulfillment deadlines within the normal time frames. We pride ourselves on the fastest turn times in the industry and will continue to do our best to provide high quality products in a timely manner.

The State of Idaho is currently in a Stage 4 throughout most of the state. We are optimistic for a full reopening soon, but are remaining cautious.

We are supporting our employees and our community during this time by being diligent with common surface cleanliness, limiting in-person contact with customers and practicing social distancing.  Any employees with fever or ill conditions are asked to remain at home.

At this time, we are still able to receive shipments of raw materials, process orders and ship orders to customers. Presently all orders will be processed as normal. If this situation changes, we will notify customers immediately.

Thank you for your business, Gem Chain Bar greatly appreciates all of its great customers.  We wish everyone good health and safety during this time.  We recognize that people continue to need to make a living and contribute to their households and the economy.  We will continue running our operations as long as it is safe and we are allowed to.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (208) 983-0203 or

Kind Regards,
Melisa Kaschmitter
Operations Manager

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To all of our customers we normally see at the Intermountain Logging Conference, we are saddened to announce it is cancelled this year. We would encourage you to support the event by rolling over your registration and other costs to next year.

Message from the ILC Board of Directors:


Due to the current events with the COVID-19 virus, and a desire to keep everyone safe and healthy during this time, the ILC Board of Directors has chosen to CANCEL the ILC Conference that was scheduled for April 1-3 in Spokane Valley, WA.
We deeply apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your support of our Conference. We made every effort to press forward, however, in light of the Governor’s order to avoid large public gatherings, we feel it is necessary at this time to cancel the Conference and all events connected to it. Our goal is to help minimize the impacts of the virus on our timber industry friends and the United States as a whole.
At this point, we have a couple of options for you:
Roll your registration over to next year where you will be pre-paid going forward. If you purchased meal ticket(s), we can also roll those ticket purchases over to next year.
Refund your registration.
Please let us know what you choice is before March 31st.
Again, this was not a decision that was made lightly. The ILC Board took into consideration the time and effort that you and all participants have put in to attend the conference, however the health and safety of our community, family, friends, and patrons is paramount and it is that which led to the difficult decision to cancel this year’s conference.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office (208) 245-3425 or email:

The 2020 Oregon Loggers Conference was a great success!  Thank you for joining us to celebrate the 82nd OLC and support logging in the Pacific Northwest.  This years event was one of the larger in recent years and continues to grow.  Thank you to all those who stopped by to say hello, we love meeting GEM customers face-to-face.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2019 Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo on September 5th, 6th and 7th!  We enjoyed getting to know more of our customers in this great region of the US.  Looking forward to next year!

OLC 2019 was a great start to the year!  Thank you for joining us for the 81st Annual Logging, Construction, Trucking & Heavy Equipment Expo.

What an experience we had at the PLC Live in the Woods 2018 show!  Many of the exhibitors had live demonstrations so you could see their equipment operating first hand.  It was a little cold and rainy, but we enjoyed seeing everyone in Corvallis, OR! 

We had a great time at the Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to say hello to Eric and Matt!  See you next year!

Thank you to everyone who helped make Expo Richmond 2018 in May a big success!  We enjoyed the 36th East Coast Logging and Equipment Exposition at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

We would like to thank the OLC and Timber West Magazine for their great work creating this video for us at this year's 80th Annual Oregon Logging Conference!  The OLC is always a great experience for companies like ours and for everyone involved in the logging industry.  The video is a nice introduction to Gem Chain Bar as a company and our OLC experience:
Shout out to everyone who came to see us at the 80th Annual Intermountain Logging Conference in Spokane, WA.  We always enjoy meeting with customers in our own backyard.  This year we took some of our shop and office crew up to the ILC to see first hand the machines and equipment we make our products for.

It was great to see some of our customers there.  Pineda Brothers Logging and Titus Logging both had very nice machines at this year's event.  Thank you for sharing your equipment and time!

The 80th Annual Oregon Loggers Conference in Eugene, OR
was a great success!  Enjoy a few photos from this year's event:

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail, nor snow can stop the HAAS delivery truck!
The Mail Man's Creed seemed very fitting for our HAAS delivery in December of 2017.
Earlier this week the truck visited GEM and unloaded a lot of "Holiday Cheer."