207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Member Weekly Update March 11, 2022

*check out NEW Safety Videos this week!

 

In this Issue:

Spring Safety Training – REGISTER NOW! Starts in 3 weeks!

MLOP Now Recruiting – Classes Start in June!

Acadia Dividend Reminder – Keep the focus on Safety!

Annual Meeting 2022 – May 13, Save the Date!

Inflation Survey – Results Available!

Cost Calculators – Members Only!

PLC Store – Many items for sale

*Safety Resources – New Videos! Unsafe Zone with Gabe Rioux and new HumpDay video on Step Potential!

Trucking – Roadcheck 2022 May 17-19

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

PLC Logger Safety and Fleet Trainings!

REGISTER NOW!

The PLC is pleased to offer Logger, Fleet, CPR and Dynamic Driving Safety Training for its members in person for 2022! Please review our Logger and Fleet offerings and register as soon as possible, but no later than March 25, 2022 to ensure there is room for your employees at the chosen location(s). Trainings run from March 31 to May 25, 2022.

You may REGISTER ONLINE HERE, or download, fill out and mail back the paper registration form Safety Registration 2022 – Form.  A hardcopy has also been sent to your office. Via US mail.

This training is free to employees and owners of all PLC Member companies and Maine Master Logger companies! Lunch is provided, and we have added new topics based on feedback received from PLC Members. Don’t miss out, register NOW!

The PLC would also like to thank our sponsors of the 2022 Safety Trainings below. We could not offer these trainings without you!

MLOP Program Now Recruiting Students for Summer 2022!

*Two instructors also being sought

The Mechanized Logging Operations Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 Class starting in June of 2022. If you know of anyone who may have an interest in the program they can apply at the link below. You may also encourage them to call, text or email MLOP Coordinator Donald Burr at 207-356-1541 or dburr@nmcc.edu to learn more.

APPLY HERE

*MLOP is also seeking two instructors for the program! One instructor will need delimber experience and the other feller buncher experience. Contact Donald Burr at 207-356-1541 or dburr@nmcc.edu to learn more!

Acadia Safety Dividend Reminder: Keep the Focus on Safety!

Members who are part of the PLC Safety Group Dividend Program,

2022 has gotten off to a pretty rough start with losses for PLC members.  We know that markets are extremely challenging right now, so please make sure that your companies do everything they can to manage risk and ensure losses don’t have a major impact upon your company and the Dividend program.

As you know, the PLC working in partnership with Acadia Insurance has made great strides in improving safety and reducing losses for our members in recent years and this has paid off with dividends totaling more than $12 million to eligible participants of this safety group since 1999. As we start another year, now is the time to renew the focus on safety!

Remember, the PLC offers many Safety Resources and PLC Safety and Training Coordinator Donald Burr is always available to to help you improve safety in your company and reduce losses. Email him at safety@maineloggers.com or call (207)-356-1541. Stay safe out there!

PLC Annual Meeting 2022: May 13

SAVE THE DATE!

Members and Supporting Members, we are pleased to announce plans to hold the PLC’s Annual Meeting and Log A Load for Maine Kids live auction this year on May 13 at a new location, the Harborside Hotel, Spa, and Marina in Bar Harbor!

Please save the date for this important event and many more details will be released soon along with sponsorship opportunities!

Member Price Inflation Survey Results

Members,

As you know, the PLC surveyed its membership in recent weeks and asked them to compare what they paid for parts, equipment, services, and fuel in January 2022 compared to January 2020. Results of this survey are now available.

As you will see, all surveyed costs increased between 17-30 percent, and the average increase in costs is 24 percent overall. That compares to an average national inflation rate of 8.4 percent over the past two years (7 percent in 2021 and 1.4 percent in 2020). Clearly, while all Americans are facing higher prices, loggers are being hit harder than many.

Thank you to those who participated in this survey. PLEASE NOTE: This information is being made available for your personal use only. It is not to be used as a negotiation tool or shared with others.

SURVEY RESULTS

PLC Members Only!

Equipment Cost Calculators Available. See Demo Webinar, if you missed it.

Members,

With expenses rising rapidly in the industry we know you are struggling to get a handle on your costs. This is a great time to utilize the cost calculators created in 2021 for PLC Members.

If you missed the demo last year of these new, easy to use, logging equipment and log trucking cost calculators it is available on the PLC Members Only section of our web site where you will also find both calculators and our Safety Resources page. You may access this private section of the web site with your member login or set up a login HERE.

These calculators allow you to quickly estimate the hourly cost of operation for any piece of your equipment. The webinar includes a demo of both from the designer and a question and answer session that was held at the end with PLC Members.

DISCLAIMER: These calculators are being made available for your business use as a member benefit. They produce equipment estimates and are not official products of the PLC nor should they be used for negotiation purposes.

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

New Unsafe Zone Safety Video – Gabe Rioux: Hydraulic Injection Injury!

New Hump Day Safety Video – Step Potential!

Safety Update Page

For more Safety resources and updates visit the PLC Safety Update page by clicking below!

Safety Resources for Members Only

The Safety Resources Page is located in the Members Only section of the PLC webite and contains many additional safety videos, resources, and materials for contractors. To check them out, click the link below and log in to the web site. If you do not have a login yet follow the instructions to create one. If you need help accessing the section contact the PLC office!

Trucking

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Roadcheck inspection 2022 blitz is May 17-19

You have about 90 days to get ready for the annual inspection blitz aimed at commercial vehicles.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced this year’s International Roadcheck dates ar May 17-19, and will have a focus on wheel ends.

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FMCSA Launches Training Provider Registry to Ensure Entry-Level Truck and Bus Drivers Complete Training that Meets New Federal Standards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched its Training Provider Registry as the final step in implementing new entry-level driver training standards for individuals seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or certain endorsements.

Logging Industry News

Golden Delivers $1 Million for Maine Logger Training Program

Golden Delivers $1 Million for Maine Logger Training Program

March 10, 2022 
Press Release

WASHINGTON — In a big win for the next generation of Maine loggers, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced today that he has secured $1 million in dedicated funding for the Mechanized Logging Operations Training Program run by Northern Maine Community College (NMCC). The funding will allow NMCC to expand the program, which trains participants to safely operate highly technical harvesting equipment, as well as offer additional training for program graduates to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to drive equipment off-road.

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Maine Awards 6M in pandemic relief to forest products buinesses

Hundreds of Maine logging, timber trucking and other forest products companies harmed by the pandemic are in line to receive $6 million in grants from the state, Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday.

Surging lumber prices generate better price for New Brunswick Trees

International lumber prices are surging again and private sellers of wood in New Brunswick say that’s been helping them get better prices for their softwood logs. In Maine.

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FSC News March 2022

*No FSC material from Russia and Belarus until the invasion ends

NERCOFE Workshop April 11-12

PLC Members are encouraged to register for the upcoming New England Region Council on Forest Engineering(NER.COFE) workshop.  PLC Executive Director Dana Doran will be the first speaker. The workshop will be held Monday April 11 and Tuesday April 12, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

AGENDA

REGISTER

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

 

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

Enhanced Supporting Members