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Great Lakes TPA Magazine - September 2017


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Every day on the jobsite, loggers face a variety of challenges that may impact their profitability. From the loom­ing risk of machine downtime to managing operator productivity to ensure quotas are met, loggers need all of the resources available to them to ensure they have a leg up on the competition.


Director's Notes

“If I forget the ultimate, I’ll be enslaved to the immediate” John Maxwell

The opening quote reminded me of a letter written by Jeffery Bezos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon .com Inc.  The letter was used as basis for discussion at a recent American Loggers Council summer meeting held in Opelika, Alabama.  Let me interject that it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the temperature and humidity competing to see which one could be the highest!  Nonetheless it was a very nice event.


FISTA Report

Nitrogen is the earth's most plentiful gas. Approximately 78% of the air we breathe is nitrogen, (N2). We cannot live without it; however, nitrogen in high concentrations can be deadly. Nitrogen is an inert gas. It is colorless and odorless and can displace oxygen in a confined environment.       Nitrogen is used as a purge gas in pipelines because of its inertness or underactivity. It is also used as a blanket gas in vessels and tanks because it is inert and keeps moisture out. Every year, industrial workers are killed by nitrogen. Why is this the case? Because they did not take the proper precautions when using nitrogen, just like taking precautions not to have any open flame or heat around when using oxygen. Nitrogen acts as a simple asphyxiator when inhaled.


President's Message

September means fall is here and school is back in session.  Serving as the President of the school board for many years, education is very important to me.  Jeff Daleiden and I had a vision many years ago about educating the younger generation about logging.  There aren’t any courses around our area, which we thought was ridiculous considering, logging is one of the leading industries in Wisconsin.  Last fall that vision became a reality.