The Michigan Association of Timbermen
Posted on 09.18.2017 Under Legislative

The Michigan Association of Timbermen is proud to award the 2016 Excellence in Trucking Award to Nathan Hubbard Timber Transport LLC of Hillman, MI. Nathan and his wife Robin established the company in 2006. Originally, Nathan wanted to work for his dad, but Howard insisted on selling them a truck to start their own business.

Nathan bought his first truck, a 1997 T800 Kenworth, and has built the business to a fleet of 4 log trucks. In 2013 they hired their first employee, Nathan Torsch and now employ 6 people. Robin takes care of the office and keeps things organized. Kevin Bissland & Lee Brandt are truck drivers, while their son, Joshua Fuhrman is their full-time mechanic and shop foreman. Howard Hubbard, Nathan’s dad has his own trucking business but works closely with Nathan’s team.

Nathan and Robin built their new truck shop in 2015. Joshua works full-time in the shop and all the drivers do their own maintenance and greasing. The drivers help out in the shop when major repairs are needed. According to Nathan, all of the employees are jacks-of-all-trades and work together to keep the trucks rolling.

Nathan is very hands on and has built most of the trucks he runs today. He also designed the Ice-O-Later, a scraper blade which runs off airbags on the pup. The Ice-O-Later keeps the logging roads smooth in the summer and has a toothed scraper for ice in the winter.

Nathan Hubbard Timber Transport, LLC hauls for numerous logging companies all over the state. They have a number of steady suppliers and works with additional timber producers to move wood as efficiently as possible, being loaded in both directions when feasible. Nathan is not afraid of hard work and long days, sometimes spending the night in his truck if necessary to get the wood moved.

You can look at Nathan’s trucks and see the pride he and his drivers take in running good quality, well-maintained equipment. The company has very little turnover with the employees. They feel treating the employees well is the key to their successful business.

Posted on 09.18.2017 Under Legislative

Judy Augenstein, Legislative Consultant

This week Attorney General Bill Schuette announced his bid for governor at his annual barbecue fundraiser at the Midland County Fairgrounds. He vowed to be the “jobs” governor” and said it is past time for the state to cut the income tax. Bill Schuette appears to be the front runner for the Republican nomination. He has the visibility that comes with almost seven years as attorney general and decades of relationships in Michigan Republican politics. Two other Republicans are in the race so far.

Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton is running a Ted Cruz type campaign. While Schuette is more of a hybrid Chamber of Commerce/social conservative Republican. Senator Colbeck comes out of the tea party movement and thoroughly anti-establishment. Dr. Jim Hines is the outsider and only candidate in the race at this point who has never held elective office. The other potential big name in the race is Lt. Governor Brian Calley, who has said he will not make a decision on whether to run until after he holds a series of town halls in October and November.

This week HJR “V”, sponsored by Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, would petition Congress to call a constitutional convention to discuss a balanced budget amendment for the federal government, limit the federal government’s powers and establish congressional term limits. The measure was approved by the House Government Operations Committee chaired by Rep. Chatfield and now moves to the full House for more consideration.

HJR “R” sponsored by Rep. Jeff Yaroch, R-Richmond would move Michigan to a unicameral legislature by eliminating the Senate. Rep. Yaroch said the measure would save $50 million a year and commented that there is no compelling reason to have a bicameral legislature other than tradition, given the requirement for more than 50 years that all legislative districts be based on population. The measure received committee debate this week, but was not voted out of committee.

HB 4644, the multiple use permit legislation, is scheduled for Senate Transportation Committee debate on Thursday, October 5, 8:30 A.M. I am working to duplicate our House Transportation Committee presentation in the Senate. As usual, I will canvas the committee for votes before the meeting and attempt to answer questions ahead of the committee meeting. It is important to complete legislative action on the bill before January. Active campaigning will begin at the start of the new year with some 48 House members termed out and 20 Senate members termed out as required by the Michigan term limit law.


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