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Western Star Hosts ALC Summer Board Meeting in Portland, Oregon

Western Star Trucks recognizes “time is money” for every logger. For over 50 years, the company has built their heavy duty trucks by hand, one at a time, to ensure every truck is built to last on mountainous logging operations. Western Star also has a long history of supporting America’s logging industry, and this year hosted the American Loggers Council Summer Board Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

 

ALC members had the opportunity to tour the Western Star assembly line and view the latest truck technology the company is developing to improve safety systems and other features that help meet the unique needs of loggers and truck operators working in the woods. ALC members visited the company’s Product Validation Engineering facility to experience how the company tests their trucks and new technology, and stepped inside the company’s innovative wind tunnel that is used to improve the fuel efficiency of their trucks. 

 

ALC members also had the opportunity to tour Daimler North America corporate headquarters, where they discussed the latest industry trends with Western Star President David Carson and his top marketing and product development staff.  ALC Executive Vice President Daniel Dructor thanked Western Star leadership for their support for the ALC, which is made up of a coalition of state and regional logging associations and councils.  ALC represents more than 30 states across the U.S.

 

“Western Star has long supported the ALC and has served as an important partner to our organization,” Dructor said. “We also appreciate their leadership in the logging and trucking sectors, and thank David Carson and especially Vice President of Sales Peter Arrigoni and Marissa Lewis for organizing this informative trip to the Western Star Truck Manufacturing Plant and the Daimler North America corporate headquarters.” 

 

The ALC held its board meeting on July 27 as the council continues to grow as the national voice for professional timber harvesters. The board discussed its key goals and priorities, including efforts to attract more workers to the logging industry, make the industry safer, increase federal timber sales and reform federal transportation regulations.  The ALC continues to work on passing its legislative priorities through Congress, including the bipartisan Future Logging Careers, which allows 16- and 17-year-olds in family logging businesses to gain hands-on training in mechanized timber harvesting. It is also working to pass the bipartisan Safe Routes Act, which would enable more log trucks to utilize federal interstates when they offer a sa

fer alternative to using local roads. 

 

The council also discussed its affiliated ALC Master Logger Certification and TEAM Safe trucking program.  The board advanced its strategic planning process as the organization continues to grow in membership and seeks to enhance its effectiveness on issues affecting loggers. 

 

“The ALC has established itself as the only organization solely serving the interests of independent contract loggers,” Dructor said. “There are many challenges facing our industry, but many opportunities as wood products are increasingly recognized for their sustainability and renewability, and as more wood markets are created. We are ‘loggers working for loggers’ and the future of our association is bright.” 

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