Winter Holiday Schedule
[November 21, 2022] Most Bright Wood plants and departments will observe the following winter holiday schedule. Check with your supervisor to confirm that this is the plan for your team.
November 24: Thanksgiving Day
November 25: The day after Thanksgiving
December 23: Christmas Eve
December 26: Christmas Day
January 2: New Year’s Day
Here is a 2023 calendar with Bright Wood’s holidays for those already making plans for next year.
Free Flu and COVID-19 Vaccinations
[Updated November 28, 2022] Bright Wood people and their family members can get free flu and COVID-19 vaccinations at the Madras site on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(upstairs in the Madras Main Office)
*No sign-up is required
Prineville - Cancelled
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
(downstairs in the Prineville Main Office)
*Sign up in the Prineville office by November 28. The Crook County Health Department will cancel this vaccination clinic if fewer than 25 people register.
Redmond, Prineville, and Culver people are invited to attend the Madras vaccination clinic. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We could not find a vendor able to provide enough flu shots for the Redmond site. Culver and Prineville did not have enough participants to host on-site clinics.
Please remember that you can also get your vaccinations from your doctor, most pharmacies, or your county health department.
Sign Up for a 2023 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Before December 9, 2022
[November 10, 2022] The enrollment deadline for 2023 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) is December 9, 2022. You can elect to set up a Health Care FSA, a Dependent Care FSA, or both. All you have to do is fill out this enrollment form and turn it in to your site’s Personnel Office.
Money goes into your FSA via regular, equal deductions each payday, starting on January 10. Your contribution is subtracted from your wages before federal, state, and social security taxes are calculated, so putting money into an FSA can potentially reduce your tax bill.
There is no monthly administration fee for Bright Wood’s FSAs administered by HealthEquity.
Save Up to $2,198 on Closing Costs When You Buy a Home
[October 25, 2022] Oregon Bright Wood employees and their family members can now take advantage of the Preferred Mortgage Savings Plan offered by CrossCountry Mortgage (CCM). The plan helps people prepare to buy a home and reduces their expenses.
Plan participants can save up to $2,198 on closing costs when they buy a new home or refinance an existing loan. CCM waives the processing, underwriting, appraisal, credit report, and flood certificate fees.
“Everybody deserves to own a home,” said Keely Matteo of CCM and a Madras native. “Even if you think you can’t do it, we can help you build a plan to get you there.”
“Education is a big piece of CCM’s Preferred Mortgage Saving Plan,” Keely said. “I want people to feel comfortable by knowing how the loan program works and that they can afford homeownership in the long term.”
“The class covers what we look at to approve you for a mortgage,” Keely said. “We show you how to do a budget. We’ll teach you what things to expect when you own a home, such as repairs and expenses that might come along.”
Save Money on Your Next Pair of Prescription Safety Glasses
[August 22, 2022] Oregon Bright Wood associates with optional Eye-Med vision coverage are now eligible to purchase prescription safety glasses from Walmart’s Vision Centers in Redmond and Bend at a substantial discount.
Bright Wood will pay for the prescription lenses for your new safety glasses while you are only responsible for purchasing the frames, which run from $9 up to $29.
To participate, you need to present the Walmart Vision Center with:
Call Bright Wood’s Personnel Department at 541-475-7799 with questions.
Stay Hydrated; Stay Healthy in the Heat
[July 27, 2022] This week’s high temperatures make it especially important that Bright Wood people stay properly hydrated. OSHA recommends people drink at least one cup (8 ounces) of water every 20 minutes while working in the heat (not just if they are thirsty) to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Fortunately, two (of four) new water fountains are up and running at the Redmond site. Wet Slice and the Cut Plant already have their new fountains; the Lamination/Wrap and the Fingerjoint plants should have theirs soon.
“Redmond’s fountains were old, and it was time for replacement to ensure fresh, cool water is available at all times to all employees,” Laci Brown, Redmond Safety Manager, said. Some Redmond plants do not have lunchrooms in the building, so people depend on the fountains for water between breaks.
The top section of the new fountains is a VersaFiller Sports Bottle Filler with hands-free activation. The lower unit resembles a traditional water fountain but with modern upgrades like antimicrobial push pads and basin. According to the manufacturer, the new system wastes 50 percent less water than the old fountains.
“The Redmond site is very excited to get the new fountains and have a hands-free experience with each bottle filled,” Laci said.
Bright Wood Contributes $1.36 Million to the 401(k) Savings and Profit Sharing Plan
[June 29, 2022] Bright Wood people have something extra to celebrate going into the 4th of July holiday. Dallas Stovall, CEO/President, announced on June 28 that Bright Wood is contributing $1.36 million to the Bright Wood 401(k) Savings and Profit Sharing Plan.
The funds will be distributed as a 401(k) match and a profit-sharing contribution.
401(k) Match: Plan participants who deferred a portion of their pay into the Plan received a matching contribution on June 15. “Fortunately, we have a 94 percent participation rate in the Plan,” Dallas said. Bright Wood kicked in 50 percent on the first 4 percent of each eligible participant’s payroll deferrals. Overall, Bright Wood handed out $760,000 in matching contributions.
Profit-Sharing: “In recognition of this year’s hard work and sacrifices, I am pleased to announce that the company will be making a $600,000 contribution to the Bright Wood 401(k) Savings and Profit-Sharing Plan,” Dallas said. “This is in addition to the 401(k) match.”
Profit-sharing contributions will be deposited into Plan members’ Empower accounts during the second quarter of 2022. To qualify, you must have opted into the Plan and have been employed by Bright Wood on December 30, 2021. The funds will be allocated according to each individual’s percentage of the overall payroll.
Bright Wood will have given over $2 million to associates in 2021 through bonuses, 401(k) matching, and profit-sharing contributions. “I want to thank everyone for a successful 2021,” Dallas said. “It was a rollercoaster ride, but thanks to everyone’s continued hard work, we finished with a solidly profitable year.”
News from the Benefits Fair
More Covered Visits for Bright Wood Health and Wellness Plan Members Starting May 1
[April 13, 2022] Regence announced at the Benefits Fair that Bright Wood’s Health and Wellness Plan (BWHWP) increased the number of annual covered visits for:
Bright Wood Announces 15 Percent Pay Increase for All Associates
[March 17, 2022] Bright Wood CEO/President Dallas Stovall announced a 15 percent pay increase for all Bright Wood associates on March 17.
People will see the change in their March 25 paycheck.
“Thanks for all you do,” Dallas said. “The last couple of years have been a reminder of how resilient, smart, and hardworking Bright Wood people are and all we can do together.”
Bright Wood Bumps Up Wages for Swing and Graveyard Shifts
[March 7, 2022] Bright Wood CEO/President Dallas Stovall announced a new 8% compensation differential for all non-day shift employees.
The new benefit applies to anyone working swing and graveyard shifts. People will see the 8% bump in their hourly wages or salary, starting on March 1, 2022.
“Bright Wood is very appreciative of everyone and recognizes the additional challenges with working shifts that are not day shift,” Dallas said.
“It is important to our future growth that we fully staff our off-shift opportunities," Dallas said. “We want to continue to be seen as a premier employer in Central Oregon."
“Thank you, everyone, for your daily contributions to our company’s success!” Dallas said.
Say Hello to Better Health When You Answer a Call from a SpecifiCare Nurse
[9/23/2021] Has a SpecifiCare nurse called you? If so, you already know about Bright Wood’s new free wellness concierge service that started May 1. Registered nurses with SpecifiCare have been contacting members of Bright Wood’s Health and Wellness Plan (BWHWP) to discuss their specific health issues and how SpecifiCare can help.
SpecifiCare nurses combine medical knowledge with an understanding of the BWHWP. Their goal is to help you get the quality care you need.
Check Your Bright Wood Email
Understand Your Benefits
Summary Plan Descriptions
Links to Benefits Providers' Websites
Aflac | www.aflac.com
Aflac’s supplemental insurance can help you pay out-of-pocket expenses that are not covered by Bright Wood’s Health and Wellness Plan. You can opt into accident, critical illness, cancer, and/or dental coverage to protect your family when the unexpected happens.
Call Aflac agent Arlene Zanella Gannon at 541-388-8483 to sign up with the Bright Wood group rate and payroll deductions.
Employee Assistance Program | www.worklifehealth/Standard6
Bright Wood's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you cope with depression, grief, relationships, addictions, and stress. The EAP can also support you in setting new goals and improving your life.
Call 1 (877) 851-1631 24-hours a day, seven days a week when you need free, confidential help from a credentialed provider. The program includes up to six face-to-face assessment and counseling sessions per issue. The EAP also offers financial and legal services along with identity theft and fraud resolution assistance.
Empower Retirement | www.empower-retirement.com/participant
Empower Retirement is the administrator and bookkeeper for the Bright Wood 401 (k) Savings and Profit Sharing Plan.
Use their web site, mobile app, or call (800) 338-4015 to set up and manage your account. You can change your payroll deductions, designate beneficiaries, check your account balances, and much more. Plan for retirement using their online tools.
EyeMed Vision Care | www.eyemedvisioncare.com
EyeMed Vision Care is an optional vision benefit Bright Wood people can add during Open Enrollment (March 15 to April 15). Buying coverage and using in-network providers may save you and your family money on eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, laser vision correction, non-prescription sunglasses, and other vision-related products and services.
HealthEquity | www.myhealthequity.com
HealthEquity is Bright Wood's Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) administrator. Visit their website to track your account balances, request reimbursement, and upload receipts for both Health Care and Dependent Care FSAs. You can also call them 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, with questions at (866) 960-8055.
Wondering if an expense qualifies for reimbursement from your FSA account? Find answers here:
Kronos UKG Ready | https://secure4.saashr.com/ta/6022796.login?rnd=FUQ
Want to see your paycheck stub or timesheet? Go to Kronos UKG Ready to access information about your pay, hours worked, time off, benefits electives, training, etc. You can also update your contact and direct deposit details.
First-Time Visitors: Your username is your Bright Wood employee identification number and your password is the last four digits of your social security number. If you have questions, call the Personnel Department at 541-475-7799.
MDLive | www.MDLIVE.com
Use your computer or phone to consult with a licensed doctor or therapist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Both medical and therapy appointments are free. Visit the website or call 1 (888) 725-3097. There is also an MDLIVE Mobile App you can install on your smartphone or tablet.
Prescription Solutions® by Optum RX | www.optumrx.com
Bright Wood associates can save money by using this mail service pharmacy for ongoing prescriptions. You can order refills online, see your prescription history, and check the status of current orders. Plus, you can locate a pharmacy, research medicines, learn tips for staying healthy, and find ways to save money using the pharmacy plan.
rapid! PayCard® MasterCard® Debit Card | www.rapidfs.com
Bright Wood associates have the option of receiving all your take-home pay or an amount you designate on a rapid! PayCard® MasterCard® debit card. Once you've signed up for a card with Bright Wood Personnel, use this website to check your current balance, review a 60-day history of all the transactions on your card, and pay bills online.
Download the rapid! PayCard mobile app to your smartphone so you can check your balance, receive text alerts, move money between accounts, pay bills, etc.
What If My Card Is Lost or Stolen?
Call 1 (877) 380-0980 as soon as you suspect your debit card or personal identification number (PIN) has been lost or stolen. Call the same number if you notice a transaction you did not authorize in a text, online account history, or printed statement.
Also, tell your site's Personnel Office to deactivate your card. All the funds in your account will carry over onto a replacement card, so there should be a minimal time when you don't have access to your money during the workweek. There are no fees for acquiring, using, or replacing pay cards the first time.
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon | www.regence.com
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is Bright Wood's claims administrator for the company's self-funded health care plan. Use Regence's website to find information about your medical and dental claims and view Explanation of Benefits statements.
Two tips for registering on the Regence website:
Members of the Bright Wood Health & Wellness Plan can take advantage of these Regence programs: