207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Member Weekly Update Feb. 17, 2023

In this Issue

PLC Legislative Breakfast March 2 – RSVP Now!

2023 Logger and Fleet Safety Trainings – Register Now!

PLC Awards 2023 – Nominations Needed!

New Supporting Members – 8 New!

PLC Annual Meeting May 4-5 – Book Rooms Now!

Logging theft and vandalism– Rangers can help!

Skidder Bridge Loan Program Survey – Please Respond!

New Opportunity to Recruit VeteransBoots2Roots

ALC Annual Meeting Oct. 3-6 – Book Rooms Now!

Cost Calculators – Members Only

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety Resources – NEW HumpDay Video, Feedback!

Trucking – Latest news

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

PLC Legislative Breakfast March 2


RSVP now for the return of the PLC’s annual Legislative Breakfast, being held this year on the morning of March 2 at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta! This will the first time the event has been held since 2020 and you don’t want to miss this chance to meet your state Senators and Representatives, includng many new legislators who are unfamiliar with logging and the issues the industry faces. We want a great crowd for this event. See you at the breakfast!


PLC 2023 Logger and Fleet Safety Trainings 2023


The PLC is pleased to offer Logger, Fleet and CPR Training for its members in person for 2023, March 30-May 24!

Dues Waived for 2024: If your company attends PLC Spring Training with at least 50% of its employees you will not have to pay PLC dues for 2024!

Please review our Logger and Fleet offerings and return registration forms as soon as possible, but no later than March 24, 2023 to ensure there is room for your employees at the chosen location/s. For schedule and registration info CLICK HERE.


Don’t delay! Register now!

PLC 2023 Award Nominations Needed!

Do you know a person or business involved in the logging industry who ought to 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 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 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 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 14, 2023


Welcome New Preferred Supporting Member: Haix North America, Inc.

Haix North America, Inc. of Kentucky joined the PLC as a new Preferred Supporting Member in December 2022. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality, comfortable footwear including boots for the logging and trucking industries. For more information contact Sandy Longarzo at 866-344-4249, email s.longarzo@haix.com or visit www.haix.com.

Welcome New Preferred Supporting Member: O’Connor Motor Company

O’Connor Motor Company of Augusta joined the PLC as a new Preferred Supporting Member in January 2023. The company has been a Maine owned and operated dealership since 1950, today offering new and used GMC, Chevrolet and Buick vehicles as well as parts and service. For more information contact Scott Cyr at 207-622-3191, email scott.cyr@oconnormaine.com or visit www.oconnorautopark.com.

Welcome New Enhanced Supporting Member: Treeline Service Center

Treeline Service Center of Lincoln joined the PLC as a new Enhanced Supporting Member in January 2023. Treeline’s Service Center is a parts and supply store for pickups, trucks, and heavy equipment. It’s maintenance and repair department includes three shops that service forest and construction equipment, heavy trucks and trailers, service vehicles, and pickup trucks. For more information contact Kent Oliver at 207-794-2044, email kento@treelineinc.biz or whitney.souers@treelineinc.biz or visit www.treelineinc.biz.

Welcome New Supporting Member: Maine Plywood USA

Maine Plywood USA of Bingham joined the PLC as a new Supporting Member in February 2023. The company is a proud producer of Multiply Plywood Underlayment. For more information contact Charlie Martin at 207-620-6180, email charlie@maineplywood.com or visit www.maineplywood.com

Welcome New Supporting Member: NorState Federal Credit Union

NorState Federal Credit Union of Madawaska joined the PLC as a new Supporting Member in December 2022. Norstate is a not-for-profit member-owned cooperative with six branch locations across northern Maine. For more information contact Danielle Hebert at 800-804-7555, email dhebert@norstatefcu.org or visit www.norstatefcu.org

Welcome New Individual Supporting Member: David Delaite

David Delaite of Lincoln joined the PLC as a new Individual Supporting Member in December 2022. For more information call 207-356-0633 or email lisadelaite@gmail.com or delaitetruckinginc@gmail.com

Welcome New Individual Supporting Member: John Scales

John Scales of Greenville Junction joined the PLC as a new Individual Supporting Member in December 2022. For more information call 603-443-7313 or email jscales@andersonequip.com

Welcome New Individual Supporting Member: Wayne Buck

Wayne Buck of Rumford joined the PLC as a new Individual Supporting Member in December 2022. For more information call 207-364-4956 or email Buckcoinc@hotmail.com.

Save the Date and Reserve Rooms Now!

PLC Annual Meeting May 4-5 2023

It is time to start thinking about the 2023 PLC Annual Meeting and Log A Load Auction! The meeting will be held May 4-5 2023 at the Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor. Rooms are already available to book so why not reserve a room now?

Click here to book a room or use: https://www.opalcollection.com/harborside/stay/

Group Code: MEPL050423

Steps to reserve a room at the Harborside Hotel:

  1. Click on Link (can also type in the group code)
  2. At the top of the web site modify the dates of your stay – 1 or 2 nights
  3. You will not be charged until the event and the resort fee will be waived

 Questions? Email office@maineloggers.com

Prevention of Logging Vandalism and Theft

Members, Maine’s Forest Rangers would like to help Maine loggers reduce theft and vandalism. They know how challenging it is for all of you right now and the bottom line is that your profitability can be reduced significantly if parts, equipment, or fuel are stolen or vandalized. 

The Rangers have offered to visit any logging contractor who would like to discuss options for asset security checks. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please CLICK HERE to fill out your contact information and a Ranger will call or email you to set up a time for a visit.

The Rangers have also compiled a list of best practices that can be used to prevent logging vandalism and theft in Maine which we are sharing with you.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact PLC.

Skidder Bridge Loan Program Survey Please Respond By March 1!

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The Maine Forest Service (MFS) skidder bridge loan program provides steel and wooden skidder bridges to the logging community at various locations statewide. Please follow the link below to share your thoughts on the existing program to help the MFS make better informed decisions on enhancing and/or expanding this program to better serve Maine’s forest products industry.

There is currently an opportunity to enhance and/or expand the skidder bridge loan program using federal funds from the Inflation Reduction Act legislation which would allow MFS to replace wooden bridges with steel, and/or purchase additional bridges to service new locations around the state. Funds may also be used to administer a cost share program, where qualified participants could purchase skidder bridge panels out-right at a reduced cost. The Maine Forest Service is eager to hear from the forestry community about how these funds should be best utilized. The American Loggers Council (ALC) helped to get this program funded.

Please take the survey by March 1, 2023.


New Opportunity to Recruit Veterans For Your Job Openings!

Send Job Openings to PLC


The PLC is working with the nonprofit organization Boots2Roots to connect your companies with a new pool of potential skilled workers – veterans recently retired from the military or planning to be who are seeking employment in Maine.

Boots2Roots is the only organization in Maine specifically focused on preparing active duty military members up to a year before they begin their transition for immediate success in Maine, while providing a pipeline of new workforce talent to Maine employers.

The PLC has been granted access to post jobs from our members on the Boots2Roots portal. This will put your job openings in front of veterans accessing the site. As most of you are aware, many veterans have skills or experience applicable to the logging industry, and a proven work ethic. This is a great opportunity!

Send your job openings to PLC Office Coordinator Vanessa Tillson at office@maineloggers.com and she will get them posted for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office at 207-688-8195.

ALC Annual Meeting 2023 in Maine!

Reserve Rooms Now!

Save the Date for the 2023 American Loggers Council Conference and Membership Meeting at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine October 3-6!

American Loggers Council President and long-time PLC Board Member Andy Irish and his wife Kathy look forward to hosting timber industry representatives for the peak “Leaf Peeping” season. More details will be coming soon!

For guests who would like to reserve a room online CLICK HERE

For guests who would like to call to book their reservation lease call 800-207-2365 and refer to Group Code 86B5IN

PLC Members Only!

Equipment Cost Calculators Available


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.

These new, easy to use, logging equipment and log trucking cost calculators are available on the PLC Members Only section of our web site 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.

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.


PLC Upcoming Meetings

PLC Full Board Meeting

March 2 

Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta ME

Safety Resources

Guidelines for Companies to Drug Test Employees Not Mandated by FMCSA

    Before a company can start drug testing employees not mandated by FMCSA (commercial truck drivers), it must have a policy approved by the Maine Department of Labor (DOL). LEARN MORE

    Reminder on Electronic Submission of OSHA Form 300A Data

    Injury Tracking Application

    OSHA is reminding employers to submit their 2022 OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) data by March 2, 2023.

    Who is required to submit Form 300A data?

    • Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep OSHA injury and illness records.
    • Establishments with 20 to 249 employees in designated industries.
    • Establishments under Federal OSHA jurisdiction can use the ITA Coverage Application to determine if they are required to electronically report their injury and illness information to OSHA. Establishments under State Plan jurisdiction should contact their State Plan

    How to submit Form 300A data:

    As part of the Department of Labor’s IT modernization and security enhancement efforts, the Injury Tracking Application transitioned its login procedure to Login.gov — a secure sign-in service used by many government agencies. Current and new account holders need to create a Login.govaccount to submit their 2022 injury and illness data. Detailed guidance on how to carry out this change is available as a job aid and video.

    If you have questions, visit the FAQs webpage. If the FAQs don’t address your questions, complete the Help Request Form located on the page. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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    Occupational Safety and Health Administration 
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    NEW Featured HumpDay Safety Video – Feedback

    NEW Featured Unsafe Zone Video – Dan Qualey: Battery Explosion

    CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens certification: Did you know your employees are required to have this training every two years? If your employees need this training in 2023, contact Jessica at Jessica@maineloggers.com or 207-688-8195 and the PLC will schedule training in your area. THIS TRAINING IS FREE TO MEMBERS!

    Now FREE to Maine Loggers! A $300 value!


    Impairment Detection Training for Employees

    Attached HERE is the registration form for the March SIG Training – “Impairment Detection Training for Employers”.  This training is being offered on two separate dates/locations – see registration form for details.  THIS IS AN IN-PERSON TRAINING.  

    If you wish to attend, please complete the attached registration form and return to tpa-trainings@crossagency.com

    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!



    Motor carriers and drivers using ONE PLUS ELDs (n/k/a 1 PL Logs) have 60 days to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs.

    On February 8, 2023, FMCSA removed the following device from the list of registered ELDs due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A.

    ELD Name: ONE PLUS ELD (n/k/a 1 PL Logs)
    ELD Model number: ORS
    ELD Identifier: ORS160
    ELD Provider: ONE PLUS ELD (n/k/a 1 PL LOGS)
    ELD Registration ID: 8J3V

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    FMCSA Pre-employment Requirement Goes Into Effect January 6, 2023

    On November 4, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse published information titled “Pre-employment Investigations for Drug and Alcohol Program Violations.”  The Clearinghouse notice (re-posted below) is a reminder to certain employers regarding a change requirement that will go into effect January 6, 2023. Learn more

    Logging News

    Millinocket snowmobiler dies after crashing into logging truck

    A Millinocket man died in a snowmobiling crash on Tuesday afternoon. John Michaud, 60, had been northbound on ITS 85 on his 2018 Ski Doo Enduro 900 Turbo when he failed to stop at a road crossing, according to Mark Latti, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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    Erosion Control Training and Certification Updates Maine DEP Nonpoint Source Training Center

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is making 10 hours of new online video trainings in various topics available for both certification credits and simply for interest. Anyone can view the videos for free, although a fee would apply for applying certification credit. CEOs can obtain credits and view any of these online training videos for free https://www.maine.gov/dep/training/npstrc-schedule.html (online trainings are at the bottom of the page).

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    Dear Employer,

          Labor laws and safety requirements can seem complex – join the Maine Department of Labor for no-cost upcoming safety trainings and Wage and Hour Compliance classes!

    Upcoming classes:

        • Respiratory Protection: February 23, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
          • Where workers are required to wear respirators to do their jobs, employers need a respiratory protection program. This course helps you determine your respiratory protection needs and covers all the elements of a written respiratory protection program. 
        • Improving Your Safety Training Program: February 28, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta  
          • An effective safety training program will lead to positive effects on safety knowledge and the adoption of safe work practices and behaviors. This one-day training assists safety professionals and safety committees learn how to analyze their audience, update on new training techniques, and develop top notch training programs.

        Register and browse more classes here: https://www.safetyworksmaine.gov/training/scheduled_classes/register.shtml

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        Thermal Energy Investment Program Now Live

        The Thermal Energy Investment Program (TEIP) provides financial incentives to businesses, municipalities, educational institutions, and nonprofit entities located in the state of Maine for the installation of new thermal energy derived projects. A thermal energy derived project is defined as;  a project that produces thermal energy and thermal renewable energy credits including but not limited to, (1) conversion of fossil fuel-fired boilers to wood-fueled boilers or boilers using biofuels derived from wood, and (2)  installation of new wood-fueled boilers or boilers using biofuels derived from wood. TEIP requires program participants to substantially share in the cost of projects. To learn more and for documents including teh pre-approval application CLICK HERE.


        Member Discounts


        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


        Wallingford’s Discounts



        Maine Trailer Discounts


        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! 


        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

        Enhanced Supporting Members