207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Member Weekly Update Nov. 26, 2021

In this Issue:

PLC Logger Christmas Ornaments – Order now to support Log A Load!

Membership Renewal Reminder – Now is the time to renew!

Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program – Deadline to apply today!

Forestry Recovery Initiative – Applications open!

Logger’s Voice Fall Edition – Now Available

Social Media for Loggers – Videos of presentation from Annual Meeting available

Health Premium Support Program – Subsidy Available

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety ResourcesSafety First!

Trucking – Updates weekly

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

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 jessica@maineloggers.com. New forwarder design this year! Proceeds benefit Log A Load for Kids.

Membership Renewal Reminder

Time to Renew!

Members, now is the time to renew your membership in the PLC for 2022 if you have not already done so. Thank you to all who have renewed already!

The PLC is your voice and advocate and is fighting for your business, your industry, and your future. We need your support to continue standing up for Maine loggers during these challenging times!

We have made the online renewal process easier than ever this year, and we encourage you to take advantage of this option. To do so, click on the link below.

You should also have received renewal information in the mail. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at (207) 688-8195 or email jessica@maineloggers.com.

Don’t delay, renew now!

RENEW NOW

Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program application deadline today!

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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.

Forestry Recovery Initiative Phase 1 Grant Applications Now Being Accepted!

Governor Janet Mills announced Monday that the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) is now accepting applications for Phase 1 of the Forestry Recovery Initiative, a multi-phase grant program 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 announced the creation of the $20 million grant program through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan earlier this month. MTI is putting forward $10 million in Phase 1 and Phase 2 grants to provide immediate financial relief to forest products industry businesses that have experienced negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible uses of Phase 1 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.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022.

For more information, including how to apply, click HERE.

Logger’s Voice Fall Edition

Now Available!

The Fall 2021 edition of The Logger’s Voice is now available!

 

READ THE FALL EDITION

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!

Social Media for Loggers Part 1

Social Media for Loggers Part 2

Small Business Health Insurance Premium Support Program

Members,

Starting in November, the State of Maine is making available a subsidy for small business health insurance plan providers (less than 50 employees). This program will be funded by federal pandemic relief funds, and will run for 18 months. It is intended to provide temporary premium relief to small employers and their employees. The Maine Bureau of Insurance will be doing rulemaking for it this fall.

A powerpoint that is linked below provides a good summary of the program and we encourage you to review it.

Funds for the program are being provided through LD 1733, the bill allocating nearly $1 billion in federal pandemic relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

INFORMATIONAL POWERPOINT

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.

CHECK IT OUT HERE

Safety Resources

Keep the focus on safety: PLC Safety Group Dividend Program on track for another year of dividends!

 Members who are part of the PLC Safety Group Dividend Program, let’s keep our focus on safety going forward as we are currently running a positive loss ratio for 2021! This means if we can hold the line on safety we are on track to receive an 8th straight year of dividends!

Since 1999, Acadia Insurance has returned over $12 million in premium dividends to members.

This is all due to your efforts and the focus on safety adopted by the PLC. Let’s keep it up!

Spring Trainings Available Online!
Members Only!

Members, the PLC’s 2021 Logger and Fleet Spring Safety Trainings are now available in the Members-only section of the PLC website for those current employees who missed them!  To check them out, click the link below and login to the web site. If you do not have a login yet follow the instructions to create one. This is a members-only benefit. If you need help accessing the trainings contact the PLC office!

GO TO MEMBERS ONLY

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 jessica@maineloggers.com or calling (207) 688-8195.

Trucking

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

CHAPMAN, Maine — A logging company in Chapman earned an award for safe practices during the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine’s 25th annual meeting Oct. 29.

FRI Phase 1

Forestry Recovery Initiative

Phase 1 Grant Period Opens Monday, November 22

As part of the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan, Maine Technology Institute (MTI) has established the Forestry Recovery Initiative (FRI) to distribute $20M in federal funding approved through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

Member Discounts

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!

PETERBILT

WESTERN STAR

INTERNATIONAL

Fabian Oil Discount

 

Traction Heavy Duty Special

 

Wallingford’s Discounts

 

 

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! 

Classifieds

PLC Classified Section


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

Preferred Supporting Members

Preferred Supporting Members

Enhanced Supporting Members