207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Member Weekly Update March 25, 2022

In this Issue:

Spring Safety Training – REGISTER NOW! Starts in 1 week!

MLOP Now Recruiting – Classes Start in June! Scholarships now available for all accepted students.

Annual Meeting 2022 – May 13, Save the Date!

PLC Awards 2022 – Nominations needed for the best of 2022!

Acadia Dividend Reminder – Keep the focus on Safety!

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

Through the generous support of Skowhegan Savings, $1,000 scholarships are now available for all accepted students.

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!

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!

CLICK HERE FOR HOTEL REGISTRATION INFO

PLC Award Nominations Needed!

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Do you know a person or business involved in the logging industry who ought be recognized for service to the community, outstanding professionalism or service to the industry? If you do, please NOMINATE THEM for one of the PLC’s annual awards.

PLC Community Service Award – This Award is given annually to a PLC member, Supporting Member or affiliated organization that has demonstrated a significant commitment to giving back to their
community.

PLC Logging Contractor of the Year Award – The PLC Logging Contractor of the Year award recognizes a PLC Logging Contractor for their commitment to the sustainability of the industry and logging as a profession.

PLC Supporting Member of the Year Award – The PLC Supporting Member of the Year Award is presented annually to a PLC Supporting Member who has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to logging contractors in Maine.

Nominations should be received no later than April 22, 2022

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 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!

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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.

Next 3G Sunset Date Is March 31, 2022

Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks, which may impact motor carriers if their ELDs rely on a 3G network. Read more about the 3G sunset.

T-Mobile will complete the shutdown of Sprint’s 3G CDMA network by March 31, 2022.

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.

FMCSA has granted an extension for specific 3G dependent ELDs. See which ELDs are covered by this extension.

Logging Industry News

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine and Northern Maine Community College applauded the announcement that $1 million in dedicated federal funding has been secured to expand the Mechanized Logging Operations Program in 2023 and 2024 and add Commercial Driver’s License training to the program to train the next generation of timber haulers.

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New deal with Skowhegan paper mill includes some of the best wage increases in decades, union says

Days away from a strike, the local United Steelworkers union has a new contract with the Sappi paper mill in Skowhegan.

Join Maine TREE for Forest of Maine teachers’ tours

The Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) nationally acclaimed Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours haven been scheduled for 2022. The four-day, three-night Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour is a professional development program focused on immersing Maine educators in the northern forests of Maine. Opening with a workshop featuring Project Learning Tree, an award-winning, standards-aligned curriculum that uses forests as a teaching tool, the tour explores sustainable forest management through the eyes of many stakeholders including landowners, foresters, loggers, mills, and community members.

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

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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