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PLC Member Weekly Update Sept. 15, 2023

In this Issue

PLC Board Members visit MLOFT – Thank you!

MLOFT Student Job Shadowing – Opportunities Needed Fridays!

ALC Annual Meeting Oct. 4-6 – Register Now! Agenda Available!

Cost Calculators – Members Only

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety Resources – RSVP for Safety Committee Meeting Oct.11!

Trucking – Latest news

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

PLC Board Visits MLOFT

Thank you to all the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) board members who visited the Mechanized Logging Operations and Forest Trucking (MLOFT) program this Thursday! This was a great opportunity for contractors to meet the students and for the students to learn about the logging industry from the best in the business! See more pictures from the day on the MLOFT Facebook site at www.facebook.com/MaineMLOP/

MLOFT Student Job Shadowing Opportunities Needed

PLC Members,

Students in this year’s Mechanized Logging Operations and Forest Trucking Program (MLOFT) are seeking opportunities to job shadow with contractors on Fridays this fall. This is not only a great learning opportunity for them, but also a chance for you to meet and evaluate potential future employees for your business.

You may view information on each student below. If you are interested in having one or more students job shadow with you on a Friday, please contact Vanessa Tillson at 207-688-8195 or email office@maineloggers.com.

Contractors are also welcome to visit the MLOFT program to meet students and see the program in action. If you are interested in visiting, please contact Donald Burr directly at (207) 356-1541 or email safety@maineloggers.com

ALC 2023 Annual Meeting October 4-6 in Maine!

Register Now!

Registration is now open for the 2023 American Loggers Council Conference and Membership Meeting at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine October 4-6!

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. Rooms are available to book and the preliminary agenda is now available. More information will be coming soon, meanwhile the event packet is available HERE and links for registration and rooms are available below! *Please note, most of the rooms at the resort are reserved, a handful remain. There is another resort hotel, the Jordan (855-516-1090) that is a few miles from the main resort as an additional lodging option.  Jordan Hotel – ReservationDesk.com

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 Executive Board Meeting

 Nov. 9

Location TBD

Safety Resources

Please RSVP!

PLC Safety Committee Meeting – Wednesday, Oct. 11

Please join us at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Wednesday, October 11 for a PLC Safety Committee (open to ALL PLC members) meeting to develop our safety training programs for 2024. You will also learn about training requirements and online training options that are available in 2023/2024.

From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., join us, along with your local insurance agent and representatives from Acadia and MEMIC, to develop our safety plans for 2024. Following the safety committee meeting, Acadia clients and affiliated agents are invited to stay for a presentation from Acadia Insurance from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn about claim trends, rates and areas of focus for 2024. 

Please RSVP to: office@maineloggers.com or call 207-688-8195 ext. 1

New Small PLC Operator/Driver First Aid Pack!

In response to demand for a smaller/”must have in an emergency” first aid pack to be stored in a machine or pickup, the PLC has created a new Operator/Driver First Aid Pack.

  • Contains “must have in an emergency” bleeding control items 
  • One pack is recommended per machine/truck 
  • Detachable velcro panel ideal for mounting in a machine or truck
  • Meets OSHA requirements for a logging first aid kit
  • Supplements PLC’s larger first aid back pack but is not a replacement

The PLC Member price is $69 plus tax and shipping (if it is not picked up by the contractor or delivered by the PLC). Color RED

More information on the pack and its contents is available HERE. 

Get yours now by clicking HERE!

PLC Crew First Aid Backpack

Still available – This first aid pack was designed for the PLC members to provide you with the supplies you need for a crew in the woods. PLC Member Price – $299 plus tax and shipping (Free Pick-up available) – Color – RED

To order Click HERE

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!


Dear Employer,

      Workplace safety requirements can seem complex – join the Maine Department of Labor for no-cost upcoming safety trainings!

Upcoming classes:

      • Monitoring and Evaluating for Air and Noise HazardsSeptember 19, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. -4 p.m., at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
        • If you are new to industrial hygiene, this beginner course explains the terminology, explores the equipment, and dives into the standards to ensure the health of your employees.
      • Wage and Hour Compliance AssistanceSeptember 20, 2023 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Rockland CareerCenter, 91 Camden Street, Suite 201, Rockland
        • This course is designed for human resource or benefits professionals, accountants, business owners, managers, or payroll supervisors. Labor laws can be complex. This seminar covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, rest breaks, leave requirements (earned paid leave, family medical leave, family sick leave and leave for victims of violence). This class addresses commonly asked labor-related questions.

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

      If you have questions about safety or upcoming classes, reach out to SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE-345 or general.bls-safetyworks@maine.gov.

      If you have questions about Wage and Hour compliance, please reach out to the Wage and Hour Division at 207-623-7900 or bls.mdol@maine.gov, or visit www.maine.gov/labor/bls/.  

      Thank you,

           The Maine Department of Labor

      Communicating with Confidence
      Presented by: Career Management Associates

      October 12th
      VIA ZOOM
      9:00am – 11:00am


      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!


      FMCSA has removed four ELDs from the list of registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

      Motor carriers and drivers using ALL TRUCKERS ELD, GOLDEN ELD, PRIMELD, and SECURE ELD devices have 60 days to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs.

      On July 25, 2023, FMCSA removed the four ELDs from the list of registered ELDs due to the companies’ failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A.

      Motor carriers and drivers who use the ELDs must take the following actions:

      Discontinue using the revoked ELDs and revert to paper logs or logging software to record required hours of service data.

      Replace the revoked ELDs with compliant ELDs from the Registered Devices list before September 23, 2023.

      Motor carriers and drivers who continue to use the revoked ELDs listed above on or after September 23, 2023, will be in violation of 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1)—“No record of duty status” and drivers will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) OOS Criteria.

      If the ELD providers correct all identified deficiencies, FMCSA will place the ELDs back on the Registered Devices list and inform the industry and the field. However, FMCSA strongly encourages motor carriers to take the actions listed above now to avoid compliance issues in the event that these deficiencies are not addressed in time.


      Contact ELD@dot.gov.

      FMCSA has reinstated GOLDEN ELD to the list of registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs).

      As of July 25, 2023, the following device is now listed on the list of registered ELDs. The ELD was previously revoked but has been reinstated.

      ELD Name: GOLDEN ELD
      ELD Model number: GRS
      ELD Identifier: GRS199
      ELD Provider: GOLDEN ELD

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      2020/2023 vs 2017 Federal Custody and Control Form (CCF)

      The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) would like to remind urine specimen collectors and DOT-regulated employers of the following:

      • The 2023 Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with no changes to the current 2020 Federal CCF. 
      • Because the 2023 Federal CCF is the same as the 2020 Federal CCF, DOT-regulated employers, and their service agents (collectors, laboratories, medical review officers) may continue to use the 2020 Federal CCF.
      • Regarding the expired 2017 Federal CCF:
      • The 2017 Federal CCF may be used without a memorandum for the record (MFR) until August 31, 2023.
      • As of August 31,2023, if the 2017 Federal CCF is used, labs must treat the use of the 2017 Federal CCF as a correctable discrepancy.  A MFR must be completed per §40.205(b)(2).
      • Best practice:
      • Collectors should use up their existing supply of 2017 Federal CCFs before August 31, 2023.

      Logging News

      Active Energy’s CoalSwitch manufacturing facility at Ashland, Maine, is facing a construction delay that will push back initial production to November.

      Member Discounts

      ALC Member Discounts

      PLC Members, because the PLC is a member of the American Loggers Council YOU are entitled to special discounts! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

      Fabian Oil Discount


      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