Photo by Michael G. Seamans
Workers sort planed lumber Friday at Kennebec Lumber Co. in Solon. Sawmills are among the wood products businesses doing well in Maine.
The flooring plant and sawmill at Kennebec Lumber Co. are bustling with activity on a weekday morning, as logs get measured and sliced into lumber and the boards are graded, stacked and prepared for shipping.
Meanwhile, just up the road, construction is nearing completion on a new biobrick manufacturing facility that will turn sawdust from the mill into a heating oil and firewood alternative — the eventual new home of Enviro Wood Briquettes.
And in Athens, to the east, a wood pellet manufacturer is looking forward to that form of fuel taking off.
All three businesses are examples of growing areas in Maine’s forest industry sector amidst a recent series of paper mill closings and concerns about the state of Maine’s wood products economy.