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Howard Leach, HALCO founder, dies at 83

Howard A. Leach, a true industry pioneer and founder of HALCO Software Systems, passed away peacefully on July 16 in Vancouver, B.C., at the age of 83.

Howard arrived from England in the late 1960s with a background in industrial process optimization, and decided to apply his expertise to the forest industry. To do this he needed a sawing simulation program, and so set out to write the SAWSIM® Sawmill Simulation Program. More than 40 years later, SAWSIM® is widely considered the industry-standard sawing simulation program the world over.

Howard was a great mentor and a wonderful friend to his many industry clients and to the staff at HALCO, who continue to honour his legacy.

July 22, 2016  By  Scott Jamieson

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