New Managing Director for Söderhamn Eriksson

USNR / Söderhamn Eriksson is pleased to announce the appointment today of Johan Johansson as Managing Director of its European operations. Mr. Johansson will be based in Söderhamn, Sweden, and takes over from Henrik Lefvert, who has been serving in this role on an interim basis since March, when USNR acquired Söderhamn Eriksson.

Mr. Johansson brings an abundance of experience to Söderhamn Eriksson. Early in his career he worked for Söderhamn Eriksson as an Area Sales Manager, but most recently he has served as CEO of BRUKS Group, a global leader supplying bulk material handling and processing equipment to many industries, including the wood processing industry.

Mr. Lefvert is leaving the company to focus on his continuing role as Managing Director of Söderhamn Eriksson’s former sister company, Cellwood Machinery AB, which serves the pulp and paper industries.

George Van Hoomissen, President and CEO for USNR / Söderhamn Eriksson, commented on the appointment, “Johan has displayed great skill in steering BRUKS through challenging market conditions and building it into the successful company that it is today. I am confident that under Johan’s leadership we will make great strides in expanding our presence in Europe and around the world as we continue to integrate USNR and Söderhamn Eriksson.”

Mr. Johansson commented, “It was not an easy decision to leave BRUKS, but I am anticipating many new challenges and possibilities as part of the USNR / Söderhamn Eriksson team. I am excited to be part of such a successful force within our industry.”

USNR / Söderhamn Eriksson is the world’s largest supplier of equipment and technologies for the sawmill industry. The group operates four facilities in the United States, three in Canada, and five in Sweden, including five large manufacturing plants. USNR / Söderhamn Eriksson also maintains additional local-language sales, service, and aftermarket support centers in the UK, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, and Germany, and has relationships with agents in numerous other locations.

USNR is best known around the world for providing end-to-end solutions for sawmills and planermills, including log lines, curve sawing gangs, edger lines, trim-sort-stack systems, dry kilns, and the optimization and control technologies that maximize the output and performance of that equipment. USNR is also known for its Coe brand products used in the manufacture of plywood and other panel products. You can learn more about USNR and its product line at

Söderhamn Eriksson has a long history, dating back to the 1860s. The company is known for its high-quality log lines and edger systems, and for the Cambio debarker, which was invented by Söderhamns Verkstäder in the 1950s and subsequently sold many thousands of machines around the world. You can learn more about Söderhamn Eriksson and its product line at