PLC Member Weekly Update Sept. 30, 2022
In this Issue:
Campaign Fund Raising – Please Respond By Oct. 1
Driver Shortage Survey – Please Respond!
Thrive Maine – Forgivable Loans, Applications Open Oct. 4
New Members – Three new!
Cost Calculators – Members Only
PLC Store – Many items for sale
Safety Resources – Safety Committee Meeting Oct. 25 please RSVP
Trucking – Canada to drop remaining COVID-19 border restrictions Oct. 1
Classified listings – Check them out!
Member Discounts – Many to choose from
Logging News – Latest headlines
Campaign Fund Raising – Please Respond by Oct. 1!
*If you have not yet contributed please do so immediately, the deadline is TOMORROW
As a member of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) you know that one of the primary objectives of this organization is to advocate on your behalf at the state legislature. The key to our recent success in Augusta has been establishing and investing in long-standing relationships with policy makers. We do this in many ways, but we do know that fundraising and campaign contributions can also take our efforts a step further.
As we prepare to elect a new legislature, it’s essential that we help candidates, especially those new to the legislature, understand how important loggers are to the forest products industry. To keep a seat at the table and ensure our participation in every policy conversation, we must engage our association in the fundraising conversation for candidates.
Similar to what we did in 2016, 2018 and 2020 the PLC is continuing a political fund-raising effort to provide modest donations to Maine House and Senate leadership campaigns in both parties. These donations will help the PLC build relationships, reinforce our role as the advocacy organization for Maine loggers, and underscore our importance. We also must create positive relationships with candidates on both sides of the aisle in order to be effective in the State House in the long term.
We know that money is tight for your company and this may not be something you can afford. That said, the PLC is not creating a Political Action Committee and by law we are only allowed to collect $5,000 per year for campaigns, therefore, we are only seeking small donations. To be effective this fall before the election we must receive your donations by October 1st.
Please consider a small donation. If every PLC member gave $100 to this effort, we would reach our goal in a short period of time. If this is something you have an interest in, please click the link below to indicate what amount you can contribute and how you prefer to pay,by credit card or check (payable to the PLC of Maine).
Thanks very much for your support of the PLC and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Dana Doran, Executive Director
PLC Driver Shortage Survey
The PLC is partnering with the Maine Community College System to increase the number of commercial drivers that are available to work for your companies. Next week, a class of 45 students will be completing their CDL program at Eastern Maine Community College and in 2023, a CDL program will be offered to both cohorts of the Mechanized Logging Operations Program. That’s right, there will be two cohorts of MLOP in 2023 and both programs will offer a CDL course as well!!
To help recruit drivers from all of these upcoming programs, the PLC needs to know how many drivers you need now and in the future, along with your location. We will send this information to each program and be sure that all students know that there are great opportunities for drivers in this industry.
MTI Forestry Recovery Initiative Phase 2 Grant Program Now Open
Thrive Maine Forgivable Loan Program
Applications Open Oct. 4!
Thrive Maine is a program to help Maine small businesses recover from financial setbacks due to the pandemic. Administered by the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), the program provides forgivable loans in amounts from $10,000 to $2 million to eligible Maine businesses and nonprofits. The program will offer two separate application periods, with the first period opening on October 4, 2022.
The forgivable loans will be deployed on a first-come, first-served basis, so now is the time to get prepared and gather the necessary information needed for your application.
To be eligible to apply, a business must demonstrate that it has experienced a COVID-related negative economic impact in one of these categories: loss of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), expenses incurred, or increased capital project costs.
Businesses must be in good standing with the State of Maine currently and ongoing to have the loan forgiven at 25% over each year in a four-year period.
Welcome New Preferred Supporting Member
Allegiance Trucks of Fort Kent joined the PLC as a new Preferred Supporting Member in May 2022. Allegiance is an authorized International®, Hino, Isuzu, and Ford dealership serving the Northeastern United States carrying a large selection of new and pre-owned inventory. To learn more, contact Gary Daigle at (207) 834-6186 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.allegiancetrucks.com
Welcome New Supporting Member
Falcon Forestry Equipment, headquartered in Brightwater, New Zealand joined the PLC as a new Supporting Member in June of 2022. Falcon Forestry Equipment designs and manufactures a range of mechanized steep slope logging equipment that helps crews reduce health and safety risk, increases the efficiency and productivity and future-proofs your logging operation. The Falcon Forestry Equipment range was developed with one single objective. To get people off the hill in high-risk working conditions and save lives. For more information contact Kyle PakiPaki at email@example.com or visit www.falconforestryequipment.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 Safety Committee Meeting – Tuesday, Oct. 25
PLC Members, you are invited to join us in-person on Tuesday, October 25th for our fall PLC Safety Committee meeting to develop our safety training programs for 2023. The meeting will be held in Bangor at the Cross Insurance Center, at 515 Main St., in Bangor, Maine.
Lunch, provided by Acadia Insurance, will be served at noon. From 12:30-2:30 p.m. , join us, along with other PLC members, insurance agents, and trainers to develop the plan for our 2023 PLC Spring Safety Training.
Following the Safety Committee meeting, Acadia clients and agents are invited to stay for a presentation from Acadia Insurance from 3:00-3:30 p.m. to learn about claim trends, rates, and areas of focus for 2022 & 2023.
To conclude your afternoon of safety, Acadia Insurance will be holding their 2022 Acadia Logging Meeting from 4-6 p.m. All Acadia clients and their agents are encouraged to attend. Following the meeting from 6-7 p.m. there will be refreshments, appetizers, and networking.
Thank you again for your support of the PLC and we look forward to seeing you all in Bangor for this important meeting.
Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-688-8195 ext. 1
- 12:00 – 12:30: Lunch (PLC members & guests)
- 12:30 – 2:30: PLC Safety Committee Meeting (PLC members & guests)
- 3:00 – 3:30: Acadia Program Updates (Acadia clients & agents)
- 4:00 – 6:00: Acadia Logging Meeting (Acadia clients & agents)
- 6:00-7:00: Refreshments, appetizers, and networking (Acadia clients & agents)
The purpose of the PLC safety committee is to assist PLC companies create and maintain a safe work environment. A safe work environment will not only increase productivity, but also reduce cost and ensure long-term sustainability. The safety committee assists with planning for our annual safety training events.
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 2022, 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!
Featured HumpDay Safety Videos – Dehydration and Wheel Safety
Now FREE to Maine Loggers! A $300 value!
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!
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has removed ELDorado ELD from the list of registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). FMCSA has placed ELDorado ELD on the Revoked Devices list due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A, effective September 7, 2022.
Logging Industry News
Maine’s Department of Labor has contacted the PLC to remind our members that if any need to lay off workers due to reductions in pulp deliveries at Sappi, ND Paper or Woodland due to the forthcoming closure at Pixelle there are Rapid Response Resources avaialable. LEARN MORE
State data shows the state’s paper industry still brings in more than $2 billion a year in sales. While the number of mills overall have declined, experts believe the ones still running have a good footing that should set the industry up for future investment.
Senate resolution highlights the many contributions and economic benefits of the logging industry in the United States
For more than 200 years, Maine’s North Woods, in excess of 10 million acres, have supported a timber-based economy along with wildlife and outdoor recreation.
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!
Fabian Oil Discount
Traction Heavy Duty Special
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!
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