Timber company reopens shuttered Aroostook County mill

By Paula Brewer
Bangor Daily News
February 20, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

A Wisconsin-based wood products company has opened its first facility in Maine at a former hardwood floor plant in Ashland, with plans to eventually bring more than 15 jobs there. WholeTrees Structures of Madison, Wisconsin, signed the lease this week for the vacant Moosewood Millworks building. The company makes structural round timber, a natural wood construction material it plans to market along the east coast. In addition to creating jobs, the venture in Ashland, a town of about 1,200, is expected to bring new life to a facility that’s been closed for six years. It will also expand the forest products industry with goods that are new to Maine. …this will be WholeTrees first facility outside Wisconsin. …Creating structural round timber involves culling trees from forests. …Logs are cut, sanded and lightly stained and can be used in projects such as playgrounds, grocery stores, zoo habitats and event canopies.

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