Soon after, Peterson and his wife, Linda, who was the company’s marketing and HR director, hit the road in 1986 on a legendary demo-sales trip that blew away major back East paper producers and their chipping contractors with the machine’s performance.
The success led to introduction of the 4800 delimber-debarker, which was closely followed by the DDC 5000—a delimber-debarker and chipper close-coupled and mounted on the same frame—in early 1989. Scott Paper was so impressed by Peterson and his machines that it ordered the first DDC 5000 in 1988 before it was ever built.
More advances followed, as Peterson Pacific became a global leader in machinery for mobile chipping and grinding in a variety of machines, sizes and applications.
Peterson always took pride in how his machines aided in tasks like mulching, compost creation and storm cleanup. His machines not only increased the longevity of landfills but also transformed waste wood into valuable commodities and made recycling efforts more efficient.
In 2007, Peterson Pacific Corp. embarked on a new chapter when it was sold to Astec Industries. Peterson remained with his company and transitioned into a research and development role.