207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Member Weekly Update April 8, 2022

In this Issue:

Annual Meeting 2022 – May 13, REGISTER, SPONSOR, DONATE NOW!

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

Logger’s Voice Spring Edition – Now Available!

Spring Safety Training – REGISTER NOW! Attend and PLC dues are free in 2023!

Mud Season 2022New Guidance on unemployment from MDOL

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

Cost Calculators – Members Only

Timber Trespass Survey – Member Request

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety Resources – New Videos! Unsafe Zone with Gabe Rioux and new HumpDay video on Fire Response!

Trucking – Roadcheck 2022 May 17-19

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

Register for PLC’s Biggest Event of the Year!

Sponsor the Event! Donate to the Auction!

Registration for the 2022 PLC Annual Meeting, Dinner and Log A Load for Maine Kids Auction May 13 is now underway! We have a full schedule of events and we hope to see you there! We also have numerous NEW sponsorship opportunities at every level, and we need donations of items and cash for the Log A Load Auction!

Highlights of the event will include visits by Maine Gov. Janet Mills and retired New England Patriot Rob Ninkovich, our evening dinner and awards ceremony, and, of course, our live Log A Load for Maine Kids Auction!

We are at a NEW location this year! The Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina in Bar Harbor! Come join us for this important day and evening!

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Harborside Hotel

REGISTER AND VIEW EVENT INFORMATION HERE

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES HERE

DONATE TO THE AUCTION HERE

HOTEL REGISTRATION INFO HERE

If you prefer to register, sponsor and donate using paper forms, click the links below

PAPER REGISTRATION FORM

PAPER SPONSORSHIP FORM

PAPER AUCTION DONATION FORM

If you have questions, please call or email Jessica Clark at (207) 688-8195 or Jessica@maineloggers.com

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

Logger’s Voice Spring 2022!

The Spring 2022 Edition of The Logger’s Voice is now available! Copies have been mailed out!

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 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!

PLC Mud Season Reminder 2022

 

Mud season is now upon us, and that means many of you are facing the annual challenges of temporarily laying off employees or being laid off yourself.

Following extensive efforts by the PLC in 2018, laid off loggers will once again be granted up to a 6 week work search waiver while on unemploytment as long as they are able to provide a definite recall date to Maine’s Bureau of Unemployment Compensation.

The PLC has been communicating with Maine’s Department of Labor and this is our summary of what they have provided for guidance this year:
 
*At this time, a Work Search Waiver has been granted effective March 27, 2022 to May 7, 2022, however, if your recall date is after May 7, you will still enter May 7 as your recall date if you are filing online.

The most important steps for logging contractors and employees to follow in order to take advantage of the waiver are the following:
 
1. A company provides an employee with a recall date. If this date is after May 7, you will still enter May 7 as your recall date.
 
2. The employee contacts the Bureau at 1-800-593-7660 selects option 2 and tells them the name of the company employing them and the recall date the company has given them. If this date is after May 7, you will still enter May 7 as your recall date.
 
3. The Bureau sends separation paperwork to the Company, at which point the Company will verify the recall date on the paperwork. 

4.  Phone lines are open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. Monday’s are busiest at the unemployment office and tend to slow down each day following.  Currently, the average wait times for phone calls are below 3 minutes, so please be patient and a representative will help you.

5.  For online self-service, click HERE. There are zero wait times and this option is available 7 days a week. Select “Create ReEmployME Account” if you do not already have an account created from prior years, or “Claimant Login” if you have filed through the ReEmployME system sometime within the last three years. Then select the “Unemployment Claim” tab at the top of your screen and go to “File Unemployment Claim.” Follow the prompts on the screen to file a new claim, or reopen an existing claim.  * As part of filing your claim, you will be asked if you have a definite recall date. Please select “YES” when prompted and enter a definite recall date of 05/07/2022 (even if you are not sure of a definite recall date, or have an expected recall after that date), which will add the work search waiver to your claim. The department is manually putting in a waiver through that date and will consider an extension as needed at that time.

Any questions may be directed to the Bureau at 1-800-593-7660.

Click here for more unemployment information and guidance

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 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.

Timber Tresspass Survey Request

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Members, Jake Flewelling, the son of Brian Flewelling at PLC Supporting Member Key Bank, is a law student at UMaine law school and has asked the PLC to help him with a research project he’s working on by getting the survey on timber tresspass linked below out to our membership. He believes getting input from people involved in Maine’s timber industry will let him make better and more informed recommendations in his research paper about what needs to change in Maine’s timber trespass statute. Please assist Jake if you can and return responses no later than April 8.

If you feel you cannot or should not answer a question please feel free to leave it blank.

TAKE THE SURVEY

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 HumpDay Safety Video – Fire Response!

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.

ELD Update: New and updated FAQs from FMCSA

On March 10, 2022, to provide additional guidance on the ELD regulations, FMCSA published answers to several frequently asked questions. To view any of the FAQs, along with previously published FAQs, visit https://eld.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq.

 

Logging Industry News

Maine Compass: Loggers, not legislators, know what is best for their industry

Loggers, not legislators, know what is best for their industry

As Maine loggers face more challenges than ever before, it is unfortunate Democratic lawmakers in the Maine Legislature, led by Senate President Troy Jackson, are ignoring their views to advance unnecessary bills in the name of, “helping loggers”, just for votes.  

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Owner of Jay mill to enter agreement to sell to another investment firm

JAY — Pixelle Specialty Solutions Holding, owner of the Androscoggin paper mill, announced Monday it entered an agreement to sell the Pennsylvania-based company to H.I.G. Capital.

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