PLC Member Weekly Update Nov. 19, 2021
In this Issue:
Unemployment Survey – Deadline Today!
Forestry Recovery Initiative – Applications Open Nov. 22
Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program – application portal is now open
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
PLC Unemployment Survey
Deadline to respond is today!
The PLC of Maine is participating in a legislatively created work group to make changes to the unemployment system. To help with the process, we are conducting a survey to determine the specific challenges that you or your employees have with unemployment each year. If you have not already done so, please click below to answer the questions in the survey so we can make sure there are improvements in the system.
TAKE THE SURVEY
Forestry Recovery Initiative Grant Applications open Nov. 22
Maine Governor Janet Mills last Friday announced a $20 million Forestry Recovery Initiative to support Maine’s forest products industry at a press conference hosted by PLC Member Randall Madden Trucking Inc. in Milford.
The initiative will be administered by the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and utilizes $20 million in federal funds through the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan for grants to Maine loggers, foresters, lumber yards, and other members of Maine’s forest products sector. These grants will be used to help these businesses recover financial loss caused by the pandemic, develop new wood products, and upgrade infrastructure to strengthen supply chain and sell products to new markets.
The Forestry Recovery Initiative will make grant awards available in multiple phases. Phases 1 and 2 will deploy $10 million of the total $20 million, with Phase 1 grants providing immediate financial relief to forest products industry businesses that have experienced negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic to help them sustain the viability of their business. Eligible uses of grant funds may include but are not limited to:
- payroll costs and expenses;
- rent or mortgage payments for business facilities (unless otherwise waived by the lessor or lender);
- utility payments;
- purchase of personal protective equipment required by the business;
- business-related equipment;
- investments that strengthen the business’s ability to mitigate pandemic-related market disruptions;
- expenses incurred to replenish inventory or other necessary reopening expenses;
- necessary operating expenses.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW
- Applications will open on November 22, 2021
- Businesses will apply via the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) website. On November 22nd, a RECOVERY FUNDS link will be added to the homepage of their website https://www.mainetechnology.org
- The application deadline is January 31, 2022
- For those that need help applying online or for those with questions, a toll free phone number will be available.
Details of the governor’s announcement may be viewed HERE.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the program are available HERE.
Application guidance is available HERE.
Thank you to Randall Madden Trucking for hosting the press conference and to PLC Members who attended the event, the logging industry was well represented.
MTI plans to make award announcements by March 1 2022.
Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program application portal is now open!
The Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program application portal is now open. This pandemic relief program includes aid that may be applied to interest payments on deferred loans over the last 18 months. The application period is only open through Nov. 26 so act quickly. Click here to access the application.
This grant program is an initiative of the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and provides grants for small businesses and non-profit organizations targeted at supporting capital-intensive businesses that still need immediate short-term help to sustain operations. The State of Maine plans to use $5 million for expense-based grant relief to help businesses and nonprofits with significant expenses related to COVID impacts.
These expenses include:
• Interest on deferred loans – the loans must be in deferral as a direct result of the pandemic
• Costs incurred as a result of reopening after COVID-19 related closure (such as PPE, workforce safety training, and installation of physical safety measures)
• Increased costs of doing business as a result of COVID-19 (such as infrastructure tools to improve remote access (contactless check in/out, take out)
• HVAC improvements, creation or addition of indoor or outdoor space for social distancing purposes, and increased costs due to supply chain disruptions or increased demand)
Click here for full information about the Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program including eligibility.
Click here for the Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program FAQ.
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
MILFORD, Maine — Governor Janet Mills announced a new initiative Friday to support Maine’s forest products industry and its workers. The Forestry Recovery Initiative is providing $20 million in federal funds that will be administered by the Maine Technology Institute.
Students in the forestry and wood harvesting program at Foster Career and Technical Education Center have spent more than a month clearing trees from the sides of Borough Road in Chesterville.
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