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ALC Executive Vice President
Daniel J. Dructor
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P.O. Box 966
Hemphill, TX 75948
T: 409.625.0206
F: 409.625.0207



2019 ALC LOGGER SURVEY

For most of us, completing a survey pertaining to our businesses or livelihoods is no big deal, unless it competes with time needed to run parts, attend business meetings, repair equipment, attend little league ball games, or get a little extra rest.  To be certain, we often times find ourselves distracted from participating in a survey simply because life is short, and there are a lot of other things needing accomplished on our to-do list.

 

For that reason, surveys are usually generated to as wide and broad a group as possible, and sometimes the end results can be a little confusing.  That is why we, the American Loggers Council, have decided to create a survey that will only be distributed to our members and those that are directly engaged in the timber harvesting and hauling industry.

 

While we have heard from many of you in the past on political issues that are impacting your businesses, but now we need to find out just how our industry is doing in the 21st century in order to gauge what it might look like going forward, politics aside.

 

We went to work with our many sponsors through the American Loggers Council Membership Advisory subcommittee requesting that they help develop the questions that they might have in manufacturing and supplying the many goods and services that all of your operations depend on in order to keep running.  This has been a labor of love for many of the participants, and their feedback has helped to form a survey that can be replicated on a yearly basis in order to better gauge the trends and nuances in the timber harvesting profession that can lead to a better analysis of what is expected for not only our sponsors as they continue to supply the industry, but from all of us as well, as we continue to purchase and utilize their products and services.

 

Realizing that not all regions across the country are the same, survey participants will remain anonymous, but the regions or states of those that participate in the survey will be revealed.  We hope to have a strong showing across all regions of the country.

 

The American Loggers Council exists to represent professional timber harvesters and log truckers.  Without you completing surveys like the one presented here, it is difficult for us to keep our hands on the pulse of the industry and what some of the driving issues are outside of Washington.  If we are to continue to represent those that have kept us going for these past 25 years, then we need your input to make certain that we are remaining focused on those things that are impacting you the most, and those that support us and supply us with the many goods and services that are required by our industry will know how to better respond to those needs as well.

 

We need your input and taking the time to complete this simple survey will ensure that your needs are known to all of those who are working together to make your job better. The survey can be accessed at surveymonkey.com/r/2019ALCSURVEY

 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey, and please feel free to pass it along to others in the industry who you feel should be responding as well.

 

 

Sincerely,
Daniel J. Dructor
Executive Vice President
American Loggers Council

2019 Clark Tracks Rebates for ALC/State Assoc. Members- Bogie Tracks and Single Wheel Tracks

Wallingford’s Inc. is proud to support and extend the Association Rebate program for members of the American Logger’s Council (ALC) and its state association members.

 

Members now have the opportunity to purchase Clark Tracks for their logging equipment and discover the high performance and maximum work life. Clark tracks offers a full line of plate options and customized spike patterns for specific terrain and ground conditions. Clark’s patented Haggis Ultra Link track life extender is now standard for both 24mm and 28mm bogie tracks.

 

Rebate amount is based on the purchase of Bogie or Single Wheel Tracks.
• $500 for Bogie Tracks (Click here for Rebate Form)
• $250 for Single Wheel Tracks (Click here for Rebate Form)

 

Requirements:
• Valid for the purchase of a new set of tracks after 10/4/2019
• Verification of membership with ALC of affiliated state organization
• Association membership must be valid for at least 90 days prior to retail sold date
• Maximum of 5 rebates per member
• Rebate must be processed within 30 days of retail sale

 

Process:
Members will apply for the direct rebate program after applicable purchase of Clark Bogie or Single Wheel tracks by completing the rebate form and submitting it directly to Wallingford’s Inc. via e-mail, FAX, or mail.

 

Wallingford’s will verify membership directly with ALC or affiliated state association and that member made applicable purchase through the dealer.

 

Wallingford’s Inc. will issue rebate check directly to member with a Thank You letter for their purchase of Clark Tracks. Please allow 6-8 weeks to process.

 

For questions, please contact Chip Wallingford at (207) 465-9575 or rebate@clarktracksusa.com. Wallingford’s Inc. reserves the right to terminate this program at any time without notice.

 

 

Congress Introduces Bipartisan ‘Safe Routes’ Legislation for Log Trucks

H.R. 2453 allows log trucks to utilize federal interstates for short-haul trips. Click here to urge your federal representatives to support this important measure!

 

May 2, 2019, Hemphill, TX— The American Loggers Council (ALC) today applauded the introduction of the bipartisan Safe Routes Act of 2019 (H.R. 2453) allowing log trucks to utilize federal interstates for short-haul trips. The legislation was announced today by U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI); other original sponsors include U.S. Representatives Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Jared Golden (D-ME) and Jim Sensebrenner (R-WI).

 

The ALC along with its partners have advocated “Safe Routes” legislation to allow the industry’s trucks to haul state legal weight tolerances on the Federal Interstate Highway System, which often provide safer routes to mills. Due to inconsistent truck weights in many regions throughout the country, trucks hauling logs to mills are often forced to use city, county and state roads, where more than 96 percent of log truck collisions occurred, according to a study.  

 

“Preventing fatal log truck collisions is a high priority in our industry and our communities,” said ALC Executive Vice President Daniel Dructor. “One proven solution is to give log trucks the option of using federal interstates on short hauls, where they can be routed away from schools, crosswalks, city intersections, railroad tracks, and other challenges. A few individual states have received exemptions that lifted federal truck weight limits on interstates, and in each case it resulted in fewer collisions, reduced driver fatigue and improved equipment safety.”

 

Dructor says improving log truck safety will help in the recruitment of new operators to replace an aging workforce, and with few insurance carriers willing to write policies for log trucks, the Safe Routes Act may help reduce those costs as well. The legislation only applies to short hauls typically within a 150-mile radius, and does not apply to long hauls. 

 

“The ALC would like to thank the Democratic and Republican members who are supporting this bill as original co-sponsors, including Congressman Mike Gallagher for being its first champion in the 116th Congress,” Dructor said. “We also thank our partners, including the Forest Resources Association, and our members for educating their federal representatives and staff on this important safety issue. We’ll continue to work across the aisle, in the both the House and Senate, until this safety solution reaches the president’s desk.”

 

CONTACT: Daniel Dructor, 409-625-0206, americanlogger@aol.com

Action alert: Urge your representatives to support the Future Logging Careers Act

This Congress we have a great opportunity to pass the Future Logging Careers Act to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work in mechanized logging operations under parental supervision. This bill is a part of our efforts to recruit and retain the next generation of loggers.  You can help by taking just two minutes of your time to send message in support (click here). 

 

The Future Logging Careers Act (HR 1785 & S 818) would extend an existing agricultural exemption– now enjoyed by family farmers and ranchers– to enable family-owned logging businesses to train their sixteen- and seventeen-year-old sons and daughters in mechanical timber harvesting.  

 

The exemption would ensure that the next generation of mechanical timber harvesters can gain the needed on-the-ground training and experience under the close supervision of their parents who have a vested interest in their children’s safety and in passing down the profession to the next generation of timber harvesters. Like farming and ranching, the timber harvesting profession is often a family run business where the practice and techniques of harvesting and transporting forest products from the forest to receiving mills is passed down from one generation to the next. Timber harvesting operations are very similar to family farms with sophisticated and expensive harvesting equipment that requires young family members to learn how to run the business, including equipment operation and maintenance, prior to reaching the age of eighteen. 

 

Please take a moment and click here to urge your House and Senate members to support The Future Logging Careers Act (HR 1454). We have pre-drafted a message for you to send, but you can customize if you’d like.

 

We thank U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Angus King (I-ME) and U.S. Representatives Jared Golden (D-ME) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) for introducing this important legislation for America’s loggers.

 

CONTACT: Daniel Dructor, 409-625-0206, americanlogger@aol.com

$5000 Truck Rebate: 2019 Western Star Association Rebate for ALC Members and Affiliates

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Western Star is proud to support and extend the Association Rebate Program for members of the American Loggers Council and its affiliates.

 

Rebate amount is based on truck model and configuration: $5,000 for 4900 Sleeper or Daycab with vehicle service code of A85-012, logging service truck

 

Click here to find your nearest Western Star Trucks dealer.

Dealers can apply the rebate to the truck purchase or process a direct rebate to your customer. ALC Members may qualify for a rebate when they purchase a brand new Western Star 4900 logging service truck; the leading brand in the logging industry. 

 

Members can now enjoy the power and versatility of a Western Star truck, which have been manufactured for higher payloads, better maneuverability, serviceability, and equally important, durability and dependability.

 

Western Star Trucks reserves the right to terminate this program at any time without notice.

 

Requirements:

  • Valid only on vehicle service data code of A85-012, logging service truck.
  • Valid only on StarQuote pricing.
  • Not valid with stock truck concession or other program incentive claims.
  • Verification of membership or affiliation status with ALC.
  • Association membership must be valid for at least 90 days prior to retail sold date.
  • Trucks must be new and never been retail sold regardless of model year or mileage.
  • Maximum of five (5) trucks per customer/company in a calendar year.
  • Rebate claim must be processed within 30 days of retail sale date.
  • Not valid for gliders.
  • Only one association rebate can be applied per claim per truck.

Click here for ALC member and dealer instructions.

Peterbilt: $2,000 CASH rebate to American Loggers Council members

Peterbilt is pleased to offer the American Loggers Council (ALC) the following rebate incentive. You can download the flyer and present it at your nearest dealership:

 

Program Details:
• Members receive a $2,000 CASH rebate on Models 567, 367, or 365.
• Limited to three (3) rebates per member for calendar year 2018.
• ALC members must be in good standing for at least 90 days prior to taking retail delivery.
• ALC members must take retail delivery between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Retail delivery is defined as the time the ownership of the truck is transferred from the Peterbilt dealer to the customer.

 

Other Details:
• Request for customer rebate incentives must be received by ALC within 90 days of taking retail delivery.
• Allow 6 to 8 weeks for check to process.
• This program may not be combined with any other rebate offers from Peterbilt.

 

For information on ALC memberships, contact Danny Dructor at 409-625-0206 or Americanlogger@aol.com.

Tigercat acquires ROI, gaining foothold in material processing sector

Effective September 30 2019, Tigercat Industries Inc. based in Ontario, Canada completed the purchase of Ragnar Original Innovations (ROI) located in New Hampshire, USA. The company, founded by Anders Ragnarsson, currently manufactures material processing machinery used in the construction, forestry and recycling industries.

 

Tigercat is pleased to welcome Anders and his talented staff to the Tigercat team. They bring decades of experience and expertise in the design and manufacture of material processing machinery, broadening Tigercat’s range of capabilities within the marketplace. Anders has assumed the role of VP engineering, material processing products. He and his team will continue to operate from their Chester, New Hampshire location until a new facility in Freemont, New Hampshire ­– currently under construction – is completed.

 

 

The initial and immediate addition to the Tigercat line-up will be the Carbonizer product line. Already a commercially available product, this innovative carbon negative technology can convert processed and unprocessed wood debris into a product called Biochar. Still relatively new to the marketplace, this technology has attracted widespread interest from both the private and public sectors seeking practical methods to reduce atmospheric carbon emissions. The Carbonizer’s single step process sequesters carbon and significantly reduces debris volume while creating a product useful in agriculture.

 

 

All ROI products retailed to date will be fully supported by Tigercat throughout their lifespans.

 

 

For more details on Tigercat visit: www.tigercat.com

 

 

For more details on ROI visit: www.roi-equipment.com

Loggers Across America Convene on Alabama Coast for American Loggers Council Annual Meeting

Hundreds of loggers from across the United States convened at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. for the American Loggers Council (ALC) annual meeting, celebrating 25 years as the national voice for independent contract loggers.

 

 

“We were are thankful for all the loggers that have taken the time to be here and celebrate this significant milestone in the history of the American Loggers Council,” said Alabama logger Chris Potts, who hosted the annual meeting as ALC President. “This has been an opportunity not only to reflect on our past 25 years, but an opportunity to participate in discussions on where we will go in our next 25 years.”

 

The three day conference included an active logging demonstration near Uriah, Ala. hosted by Thompson Tractor and Weyerhauser with Bill Hood from Weiler Forestry on hand to discuss their plans following the acquisition of Caterpillar Forest Products in early September. Technical sessions on Friday included a presentation by Alabama State Forester Rick Oates. Alabama Forestry Association director Chris Issacson briefed attendees on local workforce development and logger recruitment efforts. Attorney Andrew Perrault provided a presentation on the legal issues involving maintaining the contractor/independent contractor relationship. Miranda Gowell offered an update on Team Safe Trucking, a program focused on increasing safety and training opportunity for log truck operators.

 

 

The afternoon session featured an All-Star panel of loggers on “Managing Change in Your Business,” featuring Mike AlbrechtRichard SchwabMitchell Presley and Bruce Zuber. The panel, moderated by Tom Trone, advised attendees on the importance of adapting in a constantly changing business environment, including operating with a millennial-age workforce, among other issues.

 

 

The ALC President’s Award was given to Myles Anderson from Fort Bragg, California, recognizing his long-time service to the logging profession. Timber Harvesting Magazine’s prestigious “Logging Business of the Year Award” was given to Miller Timber Services of Philomath, Oregon.

 

The American Loggers Council’s National Logger Activist Award, which recognizes an activist who has demonstrated unselfish time and efforts to promote the timber harvesting profession, was presented to William C. Jones of Alabama. 

 

The Board of Directors and Membership meetings were held on September 28 and included committee reports from the legislative, transportation, wood-energy, communications, membership, Master Logger and nomination committees. ALC will continue to be active in the policy-making in Washington DC, including advocating for key priorities including passage of the Future Logging Careers Act, Right to Haul Act, biomass utilization and federal forest management reforms.

 

Ladies were treated to a beach bash on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and a shopping experience in Fairhope, Alabama.  Attendees opened their pocketbooks on September 27 at the annual ALC President’s dinner and auction, where over $30,000 was raised to support ALC programs and initiatives and another $10,000 for the Log-A-Load for Kids program, which supports medical services for children through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

 

During the closing President’s dinner on Saturday night, Shannon Jarvis of Missouri was introduced as the new President of the American Loggers Council. Idaho logger Tim Christopherson and Maine logger Andy Irish will serve as First and Second Vice Presidents, respectively. Shannon stated that his goals during his term as President included furthering the work on a developing strategic plan that would carry the American Loggers Council organization into its next 25 years.

Tigercat releases E-Series 845 Feller Buncher

The next generation 845E and L845E track feller bunchers have been upgraded with the aim of increasing production capacity and improving operator comfort. Enhancements include a new operator’s cab, a larger main hydraulic pump and a longer reach ER boom system.

Operator’s cab
The cab has been redesigned to optimize ergonomics and reduce in-cab noise levels. Redesigned hinge geometry allows the front door to be closed with less effort. The new IQAN MD4 electronic control system interface includes an easy-to-use large colour touch screen for machine monitoring and function adjustment. The new skyVIEW and rearVIEW camera systems eliminate the need for a skylight while improving operator visibility.

 

ER boom technology
The 845E boom offers a longer 8,5 m (28 ft) reach and a tighter tuck for better performance in thinning applications. Tigercat’s unique energy-saving ER boom technology, along with the fuel-efficient N67 engine contributes to outstanding productivity and fuel efficiency.

 

Attachments
The 845E model can be equipped with a range of Tigercat felling heads including a bunching saw or shear for smaller diameter timber, or the single post 5702 felling saw for larger trees and mixed diameter stands. The larger hydraulic pump on the E-series 845 provides additional power and quicker functioning of the clamp and accumulator arms to maximize productivity in smaller diameter timber. In addition, the 845E can be equipped with the 5185 fixed felling saw for felling, bucking and shovel logging high value and oversize timber.

Risch, Golden Lead Bipartisan Effort to Level the Playing Field for Family Businesses in Forest Products Industry

To help family logging businesses address workforce shortages in the forest products industry, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine), joined by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), led a bipartisan and bicameral group of 16 lawmakers today calling on the Department of Labor (DOL) to take action. The members urged DOL to grant a regulatory exemption that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to learn the logging trade under parental supervision.

 

“The forest products industry is an economic driver that provides good-paying jobs in many rural communities across the country,” the lawmakers wrote. “Much like farming and ranching, the timber harvesting profession is often a family run business where the practice and techniques of harvesting and transporting forest products from the forest to receiving mills is passed down from one generation to the next. Unfortunately, young men and women in families who own and operate timber harvesting companies are denied the opportunity to work and learn the family trade until the age of eighteen.”

 

The changes requested in the members’ letter mirror those proposed in the Future in Logging Careers Act, which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 so that 16- and 17-year-olds are allowed to work in certain logging operations under parental supervision. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Risch and King (I-Maine) as S. 818 in the Senate and by Reps. Golden and Thompson (R-Pa.) as H.R. 1785 in the House.

 

“The economic vitality of our nation’s forest products industry is essential not only to these local communities and regions but also to the nation’s manufacturing base,” continued the lawmakers. “That is why we introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Future in Logging Careers Act. Absent congressional action, we encourage the DOL to consider granting an exemption to allow sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds to work in mechanized logging operations…”

 

The farming and ranching industry already enjoy a similar exemption. Such a change would help address the workforce shortage in the logging industry and help to prepare young Americans for careers in timber harvesting. Logging is complicated and technical work that demands training and experience that many colleges do not offer. Forcing family members to wait until the age of eighteen to begin the intensive on-the-ground training that logging demands denies many small family businesses the help they need, and many aspiring young loggers critical professional experience. 

 

A copy of this letter can be found here.

Weiler Forestry Is Here

Weiler Forestry, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Weiler purpose-built forestry products.

 

The purpose-built forestry product line consists of Wheel Skidders, Track Feller Bunchers, Wheel Feller Bunchers, and Knuckleboom Loaders. Weiler Forestry facilities include the manufacturing plant and warehouse in LaGrange, Georgia, the demonstration and training center in Auburn, Alabama, the Prentice engineering and product development center in Prentice, Wisconsin, and the legacy Prentice parts distribution center in Smithfield, North Carolina.

 

Founded in 2000, Weiler currently produces an extensive portfolio of paving products and has a long history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment distributed through the Cat dealer network.

 

“Over the past several months, we have been listening to forestry customers and dealer personnel. We are excited to implement product expansion plans quickly to better serve the forestry market,” said, Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler, Inc.

 

“I am looking forward to continuing to listen to our customers so we can offer them the products that best serve their needs through the best dealer network in the world.” commented Bill Hood, VP of Weiler, Inc.

 

Weiler Forestry will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products, which will continue to be available through the Cat dealer network, providing customers with the same outstanding sales and service support they’ve come to expect.

Round Two – NH’s Forests, Industries, Workers and Forest Landowners are at Risk!

By Tom Thomson of the Thomson Family Tree Farm, lives in Orford, New Hampshire.

 

Here we go again. The Governor vetoed HB 183, a bill which sought to finally implement the policy which last year (2018) was overwhelmingly passed by a GOP-led Legislature to protect and support New Hampshire’s green renewable biomass generation. Fast forward this year, a Democratically led Legislature passed HB 183 by a large bipartisan vote. The Legislature continues to understand the bigger picture of how important N.H.’s 3rd largest manufacturing business is to our state’s economy of $1.2 Billion annually; unfortunately the Governor does not.

 

The Legislature understands that biomass energy generation in New Hampshire is local business. It provides local jobs, provides a critical tool in forest management, and helps our agricultural community with its wood ash byproduct, an organic fertilizer to spread on their fields. Biomass generation aligns with state policy that seeks diversity of electricity fuel sources using wood, a fuel source New Hampshire has plenty of as we are the second most forested state in the country. In using this low-grade wood for energy generation, biomass benefits us all – providing public and private landowners a management tool for sustainable forestry and open lands. Good Forestry management benefits our state’s tourism and recreational industries. One example would be Snowmobiling which brings in annually, direct and indirect, over $600 million because forest landowners continue to open and share our forestlands and trails which we’ve built for forestry; 84% of our state’s 7200 mile trail systems are on private forest lands.

 

So who was the Governor listening to when he decided to veto HB 183? My guess is it was an out-of-state group called the New England Ratepayers Association, who has been leading the charge to cripple our forest industry. They are a Massachusetts based lobbying group that doesn’t disclose its membership. By their actions, I would guess they are backed by utility interests and shareholders, but we will never know. They spent unknown amounts of money “robocalling” legislators to vote against HB 183. What I do know is that this lobbying group, that is lobbying for the demise of New Hampshire’s timber industry, doesn’t seem the least concerned about recent filings by Eversource (NH’s largest Utility) for a $70 million increase. They didn’t even intervene in the case. Are they more concerned about the cost of a three-year bridge to help the local biomass plants and the forestry industry instead of a huge increase of $70 million on ratepayer bills? I think most would agree this just doesn’t add up.

 

This is not a partisan debate – look at the votes – support for biomass passed in a Republican-led legislature, just as it has in a Democrat–led legislature. Our legislators are close to their constituents and they understand the chaos that has ensued in the state as this debate continues. They know the claims about biomass greatly driving up electric rates are false. They know local logging companies are laying off employees and cancelling equipment orders. Forest landowners like myself will begin selling forestland for development if HB 183 fails because we can’t manage our land effectively without the biomass markets, and the plant employees continue to worry about the future of their livelihoods and families. They know of the forestry-based jobs in their districts and how hard people are working to keep things afloat. This veto is not what New Hampshire is all about – we help our neighbors. These are hard-working men and women whose work is important to our energy future, but also our tourism and recreation economy, while providing a healthy environment for our state.

 

This is why this veto makes no sense. Supporters of HB 183 include three of the state’s largest landowner organizations, who each have over 100 years of common sense when it comes to managing healthy forest and agriculture lands through-out our state. They are NH Forest Society, NH Timberland Owners Association, and NH Farm Bureau. Many large suppliers like Milton Caterpillar In Londonderry, McDevitt Trucking in Manchester, and many hundreds of other small businesses that work to support and supply the biomass and timber industries also are just as concerned as I am of the uncertainty for the past two years. The Governor often talks about supporting local businesses. Well, in terms of a “return on investment,” just looking at what New Hampshire gains from a thriving biomass industry proves that overriding HB 183 is good business. We need to settle this debate once and for all. The Legislature was right last year when it overrode the Governor’s veto. It is time to do it again.

 

I am encouraging anyone who owns timberland, makes a living in the timber industry, and most importantly, enjoys recreating on private timberlands to call their legislator today and urge them to override the Governor’s Veto on HB 183. To find your legislator go to, http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx

 

If we fail, New Hampshire’s Forest Industry, the third largest manufacturing business may be headed in the same direction as the NH Shoe Industry did years ago and that would be a sad day in our state’s “Live Free or Die” history.

Tom Thomson, owner of the “Thomson Family Tree Farm” shows what will happen if HB 183, known as the Biomass bill, fails. Forest landowners would begin selling off their Tree Farms due to the lack of low grade markets. Tom, reminds elected officials that 55% to 65% of all wood cut on a timber harvest is low grade, either pulp wood or biomass and without that market we can’t practice sustainable forestry.

Komatsu America appoints Tractor & Equipment Company as forestry equipment distributor for Alabama, Georgia and northwest Florida

Komatsu America appointed Tractor & Equipment Company (TEC) as the forestry equipment distributor for the states of Alabama, Georgia and the northwest region of Florida. TEC will handle the full-line of Komatsu forestry equipment, which includes track feller bunchers, log loaders, wheeled harvesters, forwarders, and harvesting/processing heads. TEC is already the distributor in these regions for Komatsu construction and mining equipment.

 

“Tractor & Equipment Company is an excellent addition to the Komatsu forestry equipment team and will provide us with greater forestry sales coverage in the southeast United States,” said Jim Williams, director, sales and service, forestry, Komatsu. “They have done a great job representing and growing Komatsu’s construction and mining business in this region, and we feel confident that they can replicate that success for forestry.”

 

Tractor & Equipment Company was founded in 1943. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, TEC has operations throughout Alabama, Georgia, and northwest Florida. Forestry equipment will be sold and serviced at all of the company’s 20 branch locations. 

 

“We are pleased to be building on our long-term relationship with Komatsu with the addition of their forestry line of equipment”, said Dan Stracener, President/CEO, Tractor & Equipment Company. “It gives us the opportunity to offer greater value to our forestry customers and to do so with a trusted partner.”

 

Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves forklift and forestry markets. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly provided high-quality reliable products for nearly a century. Visit www.komatsuforest.us and www.komatsuamerica.com for more information.

 

Komatsu® is an authorized trademark of Komatsu Ltd. Komatsu America Corp. is an authorized licensee of Komatsu Ltd. All other trademarks and service marks used herein are the property of Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp., or their respective owners or licensees.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

 

“This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

 

“FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility—and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

 

First adopted in 1937, FMCSA’s hours of service rules specify the permitted operating hours of commercial drivers. In 2018, FMCSA authored an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to receive public comment on portions of the HOS rules to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our Nation’s highways and roads. In response, the Agency received more than 5,200 public comments.

 

Based on the detailed public comments, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service offers five key revisions to the existing HOS rules:

  • The Agency proposes to increase safety and flexibility for the 30 minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes, and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on duty, not driving status, rather than off duty.
  • The Agency proposes to modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.
    The Agency proposes to allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
  • The Agency proposes to modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
  • The Agency proposes a change to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

FMCSA’s proposal is crafted to improve safety on the Nation’s roadways. The proposed rule would not increase driving time and would continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute change in duty status.

 

In Addition, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service regulations is estimated to provide $274 million in savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers. The trucking industry is a key component to the national economy—employing more than seven million people and moves 70 percent of the nation’s domestic freight.

 

The public comment period will be open for 45 days.

 

The Federal Register Notice, including how to submit comments, is available here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/regulations/hours-service/474821/nprmfile08-08-2019-131534.pdf

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