PLC Member Weekly Update Nov. 12, 2021
In this Issue:
Logger’s Voice Fall Edition – Now Available
PLC Logger Christmas Ornaments – Order now to support Log A Load!
Social Media for Loggers – Videos of presentation from Annual Meeting available
Health Premium Support Program – Subsidy Available
PLC Store – Many items for sale
Safety Resources – Safety First!
Trucking – Updates weekly
Classified listings – Check them out!
Member Discounts – Many to choose from
Logging News – Latest headlines
Logger’s Voice Fall Edition
The Fall 2021 edition of The Logger’s Voice is now available!
PLC Logger Christmas Ornaments and Drink Koozies to support Log A Load!
Logger Christmas Ornaments and Log A Load drink koozies are in! Order now from Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org. New forwarder design this year! Proceeds benefit Log A Load for Kids.
Social Media for Loggers Videos Now Available!
Members, for those who missed the Social Media for Loggers presentation at the morning business meetng at the PLC Annual Meeting or who would like to review it again, videos of the majority of the presentation (small portions of the beginning and middle are missing) are linked below. Thank you to Chrissy Kimball of Kimball and Sons Logging and Cary Weston of Sutherland Weston for the presentation!
PLC Online Store
Looking for great PLC items and apparel? Gifts? First Aid packs, safety items and more? You will find them at the new PLC Online Store on our web site. Ordering is easy.
Spring Trainings Available Online!
NE Safe Logger
Now is a great time for online training!
NE Safe Logger:
Northeast Safe Logger is an entry level safety and workers’ comp. compliance training program for new entrants to the industry. This is a way for your company to create a culture of safety and reduce risk with a program created by loggers for loggers.
· 16 hours of interactive online training
· Complete on a computer, tablet or smart phone
· Done at the users’ own pace anytime day or night
Upon completion participants will get the discounted “certified logger” rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the State of Maine. Visit www.tcnef.org/nesafelogger/ for more information on pricing.
Log-ins are limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis. Your company will be put on a wait list if all the log-ins are in use.
LEARN MORE about these training options by emailing Jessica at email@example.com or calling (207) 688-8195.
Mobile carriers are sunsetting 3G soon. Will your ELD be affected?
Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks to make room for more advanced network services, including 5G. As a result, many older cell phones and other mobile devices will be unable to use data services.
Once a 3G network is no longer supported, it is highly unlikely that any ELDs that rely on that network will be able to meet the minimum requirements established by the ELD Technical Specifications, including recording all required data elements and transferring ELD output files.
Therefore, any ELD that requires 3G cellular connectivity to perform its functionality will no longer be in compliance with the technical specifications in the ELD rule after the 3G network it relies on is sunset. When in an area that does not support 3G, a 3G device will register a malfunction. In accordance with 49 CFR 395.34, the carrier has 8 days to get the malfunction resolved, in this case by replacement, unless an extension is granted.
The announced sunset dates are below.* These are dates for completing the shutdowns. Mobile carriers are planning to retire parts of their networks sooner.
- AT&T 3G: February 22, 2022
- Sprint 3G (T-Mobile): March 31, 2022
- Sprint LTE (T-Mobile): June 30, 2022
- T-Mobile 3G: July 1, 2022
- Verizon 3G: December 31, 2022
Note: Many other carriers, such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk, and several Lifeline mobile service providers, utilize the AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile networks.
*Sunset dates are subject to change. Contact your mobile carrier for up-to-date information.
Logging Industry News
Governor Mills to Unveil New Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Support Maine’s Forest Products Industry, Sustain and Create Jobs in Rural Maine
Milford, MAINE – Friday, November 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in Milford, Governor Janet Mills will unveil a new initiative through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to support Maine’s forest products industry and the people it employs, create and sustain jobs in rural Maine, and strengthen the state’s economy
The Governor will announce the initiative at Randall Madden Trucking, a family-based timber harvesting and hauling company in Milford. She will be joined by Dana Doran; Executive Director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine; Patrick Strauch, Executive Director of the Maine Forest Products Council; Brian Whitney, President of Maine Technology Institute; Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development; and Amanda Beal; Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
This event is the third and final in Governor Mills’ Maine Heritage Industry Week, which featured a series of announcements through the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan focused on supporting Maine’s iconic farming, fishery and forestry industries, including $20 million for Maine farmers and food processors and $10 million for Maine seafood dealers and processors.
TRUCKING DISCOUNTS THROUGH THE ALC!
PLC Members, because the PLC is a member of the American Loggers Council YOU are entitled to special discounts on truck purchases! Click on the brand names below to learn more!
Fabian Oil Discount
Traction Heavy Duty Special
Maine Trailer Discounts
Scandinavian Forestry Equipment
Sullivan Tire Discount Skidder Tires
PLC Members get a 5% discount on culverts purchased at Treeline and Frank Martin & Sons
Hale Trailer discounts for PLC Members on new trailer purchases! Call Neal at 207-232-7969 for details!
Cross Arena Discounts for PLC!
Check out the equipment and job opportunities our members have listed at the LOGGING ZONE! If you have equipment for sale, are looking to buy, are looking for employees, or