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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OF THE BAN G O R DAILY NEWS

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17

2021

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MAINE LOGGERS APPLAUD COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE

INDUSTRY THANKS MAINE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FOR SECURING HISTORIC, FIRST-EVER AID FOR INDUSTRY Courtesy of Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine

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he Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of

“This a historic first for timber harvesters and

that have experienced a gross revenue loss of at least

Maine cheered the announcement July 20 by

haulers here in Maine and across the United States,

10% during the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2020,

the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

who will finally be able to access relief funds

compared to the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2019, are

that $200 million in aid for timber harvesters

designated specifically for their industry,” said Dana

encouraged to apply.

and haulers included in a bipartisan $900 billion COVID-

Doran, Executive Director of the Professional Logging

“The last 18 months have been arguably the most

19 relief package approved months earlier would finally

Contractors of Maine. “This has never happened in

challenging period of time for Maine’s timber

be released and Maine loggers and truckers could begin

our nation’s history until now, and we want to thank

harvesters and haulers in our state’s history,” said

applying for the funds July 22.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins and U.S. Representative

Doran. “Even despite record lumber prices this past

The announcement was made in a morning press

Jared Golden for leading the effort to secure this aid

spring, Maine’s loggers and truckers were still left to

call led by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,

on behalf of the hard-working small family businesses

fend for themselves while their colleagues in farming

Maine

in the industry here in Maine, and Senator Angus

and fishing were provided a lifeline. The Loggers

King and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree for

Relief Act is truly historic and will help one of

joining that effort.”

Maine’s heritage industries when they need it the

Congresswoman

Chellie

Pingree,

and

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. The PLC thanked Maine’s entire congressional

most.”

delegation for working to ensure the logging industry was

Loggers and truckers can apply for assistance

not left out of federal pandemic assistance, and pushing

through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 22

Maine’s loggers are a vital part of the state’s forest

over the past months for the funds to be distributed as

through Oct. 15, 2021. The Pandemic Assistance for

products sector, which is worth an estimated $7.7

quickly as possible. U.S. Senator Susan Collins and U.S.

Timber Harvesters and Haulers program (PATHH),

billion annually.

Representative Jared Golden introduced the bill to create

which is the program’s designation, is administered

the new program for loggers and log haulers who had been

by FSA in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

The logging industry contributed an estimated $619 million to the Maine economy in 2017, supported more

2021

than 9,000 jobs directly or indirectly, generated $342

Congresswoman Pingree and Maine Senator Angus King

authorized this critical assistance for the timber

million in labor income, and pumped an estimated $25

joined the bipartisan effort.

industry. Timber harvesting and hauling businesses

million into state and local tax coffers.

impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, in July of 2020 and

The

Consolidated

Appropriations

Act

About The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine: Founded in 1995 with a handful of members who were concerned about the future of the industry, the PLC has grown steadily to become a statewide trade association which provides independent logging contractors and truckers a voice in the rapidly changing forest products industry. Board membership consists of only loggers, making it an organization that is run by loggers on behalf of loggers. Learn more about the PLC at www.maineloggers.com.


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LOGGERS EXPO COMING TO BANGOR By Wanda Curtis

PHOTOS COURTESY OF EILEEN TOWNSEND

The Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Exposition, also known as the Loggers’ Expo, is coming to Bangor. The Expo’s scheduled to be held at the Cross Insurance Center on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25. The doors will open at 9 a.m. each day. The Expo alternates between Bangor during the odd years and Essex Junction, Vermont during the even years.

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xecutive Director of the Northeastern Loggers’ Association Joseph Phaneuf said everyone is excited about this year’s Expo in Bangor. He said after last year’s show was canceled due to COVID, everyone is looking forward to things getting back to almost normal this year.

“We’re super excited just to be able to host an Expo this year,” said Phaneuf. “Last year’s show in Vermont was cancelled, and our original dates for this show in May didn’t work out. I think the whole forest products industry in Maine and beyond will be excited to get together and celebrate something that’s close to normal.” According to Phaneuf, a crowd of 5,000-7,000 people is expected to attend the two-day trade show. He said they’re looking forward to welcoming a variety of people from the forest industry including loggers, sawmillers, firewood employees, truckers, equipment operators and anyone else interested in the forest industry. Attendees are expected to come from throughout Maine, New Hampshire and beyond. In the past, they’ve had attendees from Eastern Canada but their attendance will depend upon when border restrictions are lifted. “I expect we’ll welcome large and enthusiastic crowds this year,” Phaneuf said.


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PHOTO COURTESY OF EILEEN TOWNSEND

MANY INDOOR & OUTDOOR EXHIBITS In the past, the Loggers’ Expo has featured more than 200 exhibitors. There have been a mixture of live demonstrations and static displays, both indoors and outdoors. They usually feature a variety of in-woods forest products equipment, trucks and trailers, firewood splitters and portable saw mills, said Phaneuf. There will be products and services of interest to the forest products industry, as well as to the homeowner who may be interested in wood heating, he said. “The evolution of forest products equipment is ongoing,” said Phaneuf. “Equipment, for many years, has been getting bigger with huge gains in productivity being the target, so there will likely be something new to see in this area.”

LOG LOADING CONTEST A popular activity, featured at other Expos, has been the annual log loading contest sponsored by Weiler Forest Equipment and Milton-CAT. The contest will be held again at this year’s Expo, Phaneuf said.

HEAVY DUTY EQUIPMENT In regard to equipment used in the forestry industry today, Editor-in-Chief of The Northern Logger and Timber Processor Eileen Townsend said the logging industry has changed a lot over the years. “A typical logging operation used to involve work horses,” said Townsend. “A small operation in the past involved a chainsaw and cable skidder. Those folks are still out there, but we also have a range of other heavy duty equipment used in the industry — feller bunchers,

grapple skidders, cut-to-length harvesters, heavy duty grinders and chippers.” According to Townsend, much of the equipment featured at the Expo is “big iron for fully mechanized loggers who either run what are called ‘full tree operations’ or ‘cut to length’ systems, depending on the terrain and markets they deal with.” The market for equipment is dictated by what loggers have for wood, Townsend said, and the major companies who make forest products equipment are “always driving innovation.” Regulation is also responsible for some changes in the types of equipment on the market, she said. “Regulations have changed around emissions of industrial engines, so some of the newer equipment features streamlined engines that are both more efficient and more environmentally friendly,” said Townsend.

MANY COMPANIES REPRESENTED As in the past, many major companies such as John Deere, Komatsu and Ponsse will be represented at the Expo. President/CFO of Freightliner of Maine Tracy Thibodeau said they will showcase Freightliner OEM products as well as Alliance aftermarket products “to better outfit the hardworking trucks out there.” They will tailor their displays to the heavy duty and wood markets to correspond with the theme of the show, she said. One of the newer pieces of equipment that Freightliner will have on display, said Thibodeau, is the Western Star heavy duty spec’d Tractor 49X which

was just released for production in the last year. She said it has a very expansive list of possible configurations and will be a strong competitor in the heavy duty market. “We will also have a few heavy duty spec Freightliner over-the-road tractors, as well as dump trucks that are used in logging and construction applications,” said Thibodeau. “We normally have our booth area staffed with parts and truck sales reps who will also have literature as well as advertising handouts.”

FREIGHTLINER OPEN HOUSE In addition to their display at the Expo, Thibodeau said Freightliner will be holding an open house at their Bangor dealership (located at 422 Perry Road) at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 24. She said they’ll have a meal, along with vehicles and products on display. Sales representatives and staff will be present to answer questions. “It helps make the customer experience as well rounded as possible for their weekend visit to the area!” Thibodeau said.

REGISTRATION & ATTENDANCE To find out more about the trade show, email expo@ northernlogger.com or call (315) 369-3078. The show is scheduled for Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The entry fee is $10 (which covers entry to the trade show for both days), and attendees can complete a registration card at the door. The doors will open at 9 a.m. each day.


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OUTDOOR DISPLAY

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OUTDOOR VENDORS

AMERICAN LOGGERS FIRE SUPPRESSION...........................F17-19 ANDERSON EQUIPMENT...............................................................H9-16 BANDIT INDUSTRIES........................................................................X5 BARRY EQUIPMENT.........................................................................O1,3,4 BEAUREGARD EQUIPMENT.........................................................N16,18,20 BELL’S MACHINING..........................................................................B3-7 BUILT-RITE FORESTRY EQUIPMENT..........................................H1-2 CANADIAN CHAINS..........................................................................N15,17,19 CHADWICK-BAROSS.......................................................................J1-8 CORD KING..........................................................................................G1-4 CRAIG MANUFACTURING..............................................................J11&13 CROWN ROYAL STOVES/GREENTECH....................................MFG T3-4 CUMMINGS & BRICKER..................................................................P9-P12 DAIGLE & HOUGHTON ...................................................................K11-22 DARLINGS FORD...............................................................................B21-23 DYNA PRODUCTS.............................................................................D7-10 FOX FORESTRY.................................................................................F30-31 FREIGHTLINER OF MAINE.............................................................L7-16 GRYB INTERNATIONAL...................................................................H5 HALE TRAILER...................................................................................P13-18 HEAT SMART PLUS..........................................................................H4 HEAVY MACHINES............................................................................J15-22 HENNIKER SAW LLC........................................................................F13 HEWS.....................................................................................................R3-4 HIGH GROUND/CBI...........................................................................X6 HOP SALES.........................................................................................F25 INDECO NORTH AMERICA.............................................................F14 KATAHDIN FIRE CO..........................................................................F22,23,24 KEN’S TRUCK REPAIR.....................................................................X7 KILN DIRECT.......................................................................................C2&4 LOFTNESS SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT.....................................E1&3 MAIL POUCH TOOL...........................................................................F21 MAINE TRAILER.................................................................................N9-10 MANAC..................................................................................................O13-18

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METSA MACHINES............................................................................F32-33 MILTON CAT.........................................................................................L1-6 MONGO ATTACHMENTS.................................................................M21-22 MORIN DIESEL....................................................................................H8 NELSON TRACTOR..........................................................................F20 NEW ENGLAND KENWORTH........................................................C 6,8,10 NH BRAGG...........................................................................................P1,3-4 NORTH ATLANTIC POWER PRODUCTS...................................F4 NORTHEAST STIHL..........................................................................F15-16 NORTRAX JOHN DEERE/MORBARK ..................................................................................................A, B1-2, C1,3,5,7,9 OESCO..................................................................................................R1 PRO PAC...............................................................................................N11-14 QUADCO...............................................................................................B24-27 RAGNARTECH....................................................................................L 23-26 ROLL RITE A SAFE FLEET BRAND.............................................X4 ROTOBEC.............................................................................................D1-6 ROTOCHOPPER.................................................................................Q12,14,16 SALSCO................................................................................................Q3-6 SENNEBOGEN....................................................................................H3 SEPPI MULCHERS............................................................................N21-22 TB EQUIPMENT..................................................................................F26-27 THOMAS BANDSAW MILLS...........................................................Q1 TIMBERWOLF FIREWOOD PROCESSING/ABS......................X1-3 VERMEER ALL ROADS ..................................................................N1-8 WALLINGFORD’S...............................................................................K5 & 3 WARATAH.............................................................................................F28-29 WEILER FORESTRY LOG LOADING CONTEST ...............................................................................................LOG LOAD AREA WEST MOUNT.....................................................................................O9-12 WESTERNTRAILER SALES...........................................................Q11,13,15 WHITED PETERBILT OF MAINE....................................................M1-18,K1 WOOD-MIZER......................................................................................5-10 GB EQUIPMENT.................................................................................J12&14


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ARENA DISPLAY

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ARENA VENDORS ACADIA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION.............................. 405 AMEX HARDWOOD.......................................................... 517&532 ATLANTIC HARDCHROME............................................. 508 BARTENDER....................................................................... 436 BRENNTAG LUBRICANTS.............................................. 446-447 CAMEROTA TRUCK PARTS........................................... 540 CJ LOGGING....................................................................... 524-525 COLUMBIA FOREST PRODUCTS................................ 429 CONNECTICUT FOREST PRODUCTS........................ 533 COUSINEAU FOREST PRODUCTS.............................. 520 CROSS INSURANCE......................................................... 538 DIAMOND SAW................................................................... 433 FA PEABODY....................................................................... 408 FARM CREDIT EAST......................................................... 438-440 FORESTRY TRADER........................................................ 410 FORWARD FORESTRY LLC........................................... 544 GRANITE STATE COVER & CANVAS.......................... 411 HALLCO INDUSTRIES...................................................... 409 HARVESTERBARS.COM................................................. 502 HOPE GROUP..................................................................... 542-543 IRVING BLENDING AND PACKAGING........................ 413

IRVING WOODLANDS...................................................... 450 JS LOGGING........................................................................ 414 KENNEBEC LUMBER....................................................... 512-513 KLEIS EQUIPMENT........................................................... 419 LINDSCO............................................................................... 417 LUMBERMEN’S EQUIPMENT DIGEST........................ 511 MAINE FINANCIAL GROUP............................................ 428 MAINE FOREST SERVICE............................................... 529 MAINE TRAILER................................................................. 501&516 MERCIER WOOD FLOORING........................................ 416 MOBLIER RUSTIQUE........................................................ 548 MPG LUBRICANTS............................................................ 434 NEW ENGLAND CLEAN ENERGY CONNECT......... 523 NORTH AMERICA SUPPLY............................................. 503 NORTH AMERICAN RESCUE........................................ 522 NORTHEAST CENTER OCCUPATIONAL H&S......... 537 NELMA................................................................................... 539 NORTHERN LOGGER MARKETPLACE..................... ARENA OAK LEAF ASSOCIATES................................................ 412 PRC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY............................................. 514, 515 PRECISION HUSKY........................................................... 452

PROFESSIONAL LOGGING CONTRACTORS ME... 526 SAWMILL & WOODLOT MAGAZINE............................ 435 SEBASTICOOK LUMBER................................................ 432 SIMPLICITY EQUIPMENT & ENGINEERING.............. 430 STRIPPER DELIMBERS................................................... 541 TIMBERLINE MAGAZINE................................................. 528 TIRECHAINSREQUIRED.COM....................................... 504 TRACTION HEAVY DUTY................................................ 507 TRANSAXLE........................................................................ 505+506 TRUCK BUYER’S GUIDE................................................. 427 TRUST TO CONSERVE NE FORESTLANDS............. 527 TST HYDRAULICS............................................................. 406-407 UNICORR PACKAGING GROUP................................... 521 UNITED COUNTRY LIFESTYLE PROPERTIES OF ME ................................................................................................. 426 UNITED INSURANCE........................................................ 415 VALVOLINE LUBRICANTS.............................................. 510 VESTIGE................................................................................ 509 VITILLO USA........................................................................ 451 WALLINGFORD’S............................................................... 401-404


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CONCOURSE DISPLAY & VENDORS

ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS............................. 119 AMERICAN LUMBER & PALLET MAGAZINE........... 120 BBF ENTERPRISES.......................................................... 112

CARIBOU SOFTWARE..................................................... 110 CDL USA............................................................................... 114-115 TIMBER HARVESTING MAGAZINE.............................. 101

NUMARK MARKER........................................................... 105 NYLE DRY KILNS............................................................... 106


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MECHANIZED LOGGING OPERATIONS PROGRAM UNDERWAY FOR SUMMER 2021

12-WEEK CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN ITS FIFTH YEAR Courtesy of Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine

C

lasses are now underway for students in the

Mechanized

Logging

Operations

Program (MLOP), which began its fifth year of classes June 28 in the woods

northeast of Old Town.

Students enrolled in the college program at Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) will spend weeks harvesting timber using sophisticated state-of-the-art machines like those they will encounter in the logging industry. The hands-on experience students gain operating equipment is something unavailable anywhere else in Maine and neighboring states.

“There is no better, more affordable, more efficient way to gain the experience and knowledge you need to begin a successful career as an equipment operator in the logging industry than this program,” Dana Doran, Executive Director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC), said. “The Mechanized Logging Operations Program achieves results and as demand for operators continues to grow it is vital to meeting that need.” “This project is a great example of how collaboration and cooperation between business, industry and higher education can address workforce concerns,” stated Timothy Crowley, NMCC President.

Launched in 2017, the program was jointly developed by the PLC and NMCC, Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC), and Washington County Community College (WCCC) with generous support from Milton CAT/CAT Forest Products, Nortrax Inc./John Deere, and other industry partners. Students gain broad knowledge of the most common mechanical systems found in modern timber harvesting equipment, and an understanding of the variables of timber growth, tree species, and markets. It also includes a strong emphasis on safety. Graduation for the class will be held in September. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Supported by the Maine Community College System’s Maine Quality Centers, students pay no tuition or fees and the program provides all required personal protective equipment (PPE). Maine Quality Centers develops and supports skilled in-demand and high wage occupations in Maine through a variety of training opportunities. According to Leah Buck, NMCC Assistant Dean of Continuing Education and program administrator, “These students will soon join the graduates from the program of past years who are now some of the best equipment operators in the state. The quality of the graduates and the valuable skills they have after only 12 weeks with us is recognized by logging contractors who have supported the development of this program from the beginning. We are helping this latest group realize their dreams of becoming Maine loggers; they are learning how to do work safely and will soon join other graduates as a new generation of loggers.” While the logging industry has seen some contraction in recent years, the demand for skilled operators of the feller bunchers, harvesters, grapple skidders, forwarders, delimbers, and other mechanized logging equipment that now harvests more than 95 percent of all timber in Maine is strong. Many current operators are reaching retirement age and the steep costs of training new operators is driving up demand and wages. Mechanized logging operators are among the highest paid members of the logging workforce. The Mechanized Logging Operations Program is working in tandem with the state’s current vocational training system and has drawn students from within the logging industry as well as from Maine’s high school vocational logging programs. For the first time, in the state of Maine, logging operators are being trained similar to other occupations, with emphasis placed on developing foundational and advanced level skills for high wage careers. “NMCC is pleased to provide the training opportunities for these 12 individuals to lead a more productive life, while taking steps toward supporting Maine’s logging industry,” Crowley shared. Maine’s loggers are a vital part of the state’s forest products sector, which is worth an estimated $7.7 billion annually. The logging industry contributed an estimated $619 million to the Maine economy in 2017, supported more than 9,000 jobs directly or indirectly, generated $342 million in labor income, and paid an estimated $25 million in state and local tax. Founded in 1995 with a handful of members who were concerned about the future of the industry, the PLC has grown steadily to become a statewide trade association which provides independent logging contractors a voice in the rapidly changing forest products industry. Board membership consists of only loggers, making it an organization that is run by loggers on behalf of loggers.

Anyone with an interest in future enrollment in the MLOP should contact Leah Buck at Northern Maine Community College at 207-768-2768.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED FOR MECHANIZED LOGGING OPERATIONS PROGRAM

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Courtesy of Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine

he Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands (TCNEF) has awarded scholarships to three Maine students enrolled this summer in the Mechanized Logging Operations Program (MLOP). Ben Carrol of Dixfield, Colton Carlow of Peru, and David Lessard of Jackman will each receive $1,000 from the Northwoods Logging Association/Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands Scholarship Fund. All three are members of the fifth class of students enrolled in the hands-on, 12-week certificate program now underway in the woods north of Old Town. Students in the program spend weeks harvesting timber using a variety of sophisticated state-of-the-art machines like those they will encounter in the logging industry. The hands-on experience and education they gain is something unavailable anywhere else in Maine and neighboring states. While the MLOP program is being offered tuition free through a generous grant from the Maine Community College System and the Maine State Legislature, students are responsible for other expenses including transportation and housing, and TCNEF understands these costs can be barriers to success in the program. “It is the TCNEF’s strong belief that if the organization can provide additional assistance to students with demonstrated need to ensure their success and propel them into the logging industry, this is a cause well worth supporting,” said Ted Wright, Executive Director of TCNEF. “I’d like to congratulate these students on receiving the scholarships, and I wish them success in the program and their careers.” The scholarships are supported by funds provided to TCNEF by the Northwoods Logging Association (NWLA), a trust created in the 1970’s to help logging companies manage their workers’ compensation risks. NWLA was effectively dissolved in the early 1990’s, and in 2020, the remaining board members of the NWLA voted to officially dissolve the organization. To do so, they needed to liquidate their remaining assets and provided a grant to TCNEF as part of that process. The funds from that grant must be used toward logger development and education. The scholarships are both merit and performance based, and the recipients have demonstrated that they have a sincere interest in pursuing a career in logging operations upon successful completion of the program and a background, experience or references that will provide substantiation of their intent. Scholarships are being provided in three installments, upon completion of milestones in the program.

Information may be found online at www.nmcc.edu/industry-customized-training/ mechanized-forest-operations. Additional information including videos on the program may be found on the PLC website at maineloggers.com/ mechanized-logging-operations-program. Learn more about the PLC at www.maineloggers.com.

BENJAMIN CARROL

DAVID LESSARD

COLTON CARLOW


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