Posted By Gayla Fleming,
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
| Comments (0)
Weekly News 8/13/12
In this issue:
OFA-BWC Group Rating Safety Accountability
BWC Awards Safety Intervention Grants to 2 Ohio Wood
PUCO Approves AEP Collection of Fuel Costs
PUCO Decision on AEP Rate Plan
National Council of Forestry Association Executives
Ohio House 21st Century Manufacturing Task
American Tree Farm System (ATFS) Information
- OFA – BWC Group Rating Safety Accountability - Here is a letter to
employers participating in OFA’s BWC Group Rating Safety Program.
The letter outlines the responsibilities of the employer, OFA, the
third-party administrator (CCI), and BWC with administering the
program. All employers participating in the program are encouraged to
review the letter. In addition, here is a release from
Risk Control 360, partner with CCI on safety training and promotion
highlighting heat risks we have experienced this year. It describes
the common heat injuries and outlines actions that we can take to deal
with the concerns. This is beneficial for all who have employees but
also for all of us dealing with summer heat concerns.
- BWC Awards Safety Intervention Grants to 2 Ohio Wood
Products Companies - Last week, the Ohio BWC announced that it had awarded $206,000 in safety
intervention grants to 10 Ohio
companies in June. Two of the 10 were wood products companies.
J. McCoy Lumber in Adams
$36,637.84 to purchase roller conveyors and pallet building machines to
reduce the risk of injuries from repetitive motions. Packard Forest
Products in Franklin
County received a
$26,166.66 grant for an automated tarp system to reduce risk of injuries
in material handling. Through the Safety Intervention Grant program,
companies are eligible for up to $40,000 in grant funding. The
company must match the grant amount on a 1:2 basis, providing up to
$20,000. You can read a news
release on the announcement and find out more
on the grants at the BWC website.
- PUCO Approves AEP Collection of Fuel Costs - Last week, PUCO approved the AEP plan to
begin collection fuel cost incurred from 2009-2011. Those costs had
previously been deferred in the company’s 2009 electric security
plan. Costs will be collected on a "non-bypassable basis” through
2018 which means all customers will pay the costs regardless of whether
they receive generation from a competitive supplier. The new rates
will be effective after completion of the company's pending ESP case, and customer will be notified of changes
through a bill message or insert within 30 days of the effective
date. PUCO maintains that the fuel cost recovery will take place
over a longer period lessening the impact to customers.
- PUCO Decision on AEP Rate Plan - The anxiously-awaited
decision by PUCO on the modified AEP Electric Security Plan finally
came this past week (Columbus
Dispatch article). The plan which will transition AEP to the
competitive market freezes base electricity generation rates, but allows
several riders for fuel recovery, distribution costs, and advanced energy
that will increase user rates. The approved plan will result in rate
increases of 5-7% the first year for most businesses and residences, with
no more than total increase of 12% over the 3-year plan period.
Customers will have the chance to shop for new rates almost
immediately. OFA has been working with the Construction Materials
Energy Coalition to register our concerns with PUCO and urge changes to
the AEP plan. OFA has also been working on a new program that will
offer members, on a voluntary and no-fee basis, individual assistance with
securing lower electricity rates. Details are being hammered out now
and no commitments have yet been made. However, the program appears
to have the potential to offer reasonable member savings on electricity
rates. OFA will also be investigating similar member opportunities
for natural gas usage.
- National Council of Forestry Association Executives
(NCFAE) Meeting - I had the chance to
attend the meeting of my counterparts from other state and national
forestry associations throughout the country on August 1 and 2 in Colorado. It
is the one meeting I attend each year for such purposes. It is a
great place to get updates on state and national legislative and policy
issues as well as to learn new ideas on how to better serve the
association. Here are notes from the meeting to this
report, and included information that might be helpful to the
membership. I also picked up a number of ideas to help with
association administration that I will be working to put into play.
It was especially helpful getting insights on what other associations are
doing with their legislative agenda.
- Ohio House 21st Century Manufacturing Task
Force - Several
weeks ago I
reported that the Ohio House of Representatives had called together
a 21st Century Manufacturing Task Force comprised of a bipartisan
mix of 9 House
members to conduct a series of public forums and workshops around
purpose was to engage Ohio manufacturers
to identify opportunities and challenges for Ohio manufacturing in
The Task Force would then make recommendations to the Speaker of
for possible future legislative action. The first meeting took
this past week on August 9 in Canton
at the Timken Company. Here is an article
that explains the purpose of the Task Force and here is a newspaper
article that highlights the results of the first meeting.
schedule for upcoming sessions are September 27, Owens-Illinois
(Maumee); October 11, Pentaflex (Springfield); October 18, DuPont
(Circleville); and November 15, Worthington Industries (Columbus).
The meetings are designed for the manufacturing community, public
makers, and interested parties. If you are interested and want to
weigh in on your thoughts to improve manufacturing in Ohio, I encourage you to attend.
OFA will attend one or more sessions.
Resource Specialist, Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District - A full-time position with a focus on forestry assistance to landowners
Forest Products Assn seeking Executive Director - The Missouri
Forest Products Association (MFPA), a 501(c) 6 trade association that
forest products industry, is seeking an Executive Director.
- Asian Longhorned Beetle Update. USDA Director Tom Vilsack announced last week
that there will be additional funds to attack the ALB problem in Clermont County (see news release).
Almost $15 million additional dollars will be made available to assist
tree inspection surveys in the area. You may recall that USDA
recently found new areas of infestation outside of the current control and
eradication zone. Ohio
had also allocated an additional $2 million for ALB control following
legislative approval in the mid-biennium review process that took place
earlier this year. Contrary to actions with many other invasive
pests, there have been successful control efforts in New
York and Chicago
stopping ALB. Unfortunately, the conditions in Clermont County
are different than in those other locations, making eradication even more
difficult. It will take years of work before knowing if eradication
- Lumber Grading and Walnut Grading Short Courses,
August 20-24, 2012, Yoder Lumber Co., Millersburg (Buckhorn Mill). There are still a few spots remaining and time to register for these
lumber grading courses. You can register
on-line at the OFA
website. You can also call OFA at 614-497-9580 to register over
- Lumberman’s Outing, September 5, 2012, Orrville and
Fredericksburg. Plan to attend the special
fund raiser golf outing and clay shoot at the Pines Golf Course in
Orrville and the Lost Bird Sporting Clays in Fredericksburg. All proceeds of
this event will go toward the Lumberman’s Benevolent Fund with Charm
Share ‘N Care for the special needs of the families of Dan Raber and
Laverne Raber. You can register
on-line or call OFA. Please plan to attend, sponsor for either
event, or simply donate to the families.
- Tree Farm of the Year Tour, September 29, 2012,
Deseret Tree Farm, Jackson,
- Paul Bunyan Show, October 5-7, 2012, Guernsey County Fairgrounds.
Forestry Association is managed by Offinger Management Company, a
member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events
(IAEE), "Charter-Accredited" Association Management Company member of
the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a member of
the Association Management Company Institute (AMC Institute). www.Offinger.com
This post has not been tagged.