Our Key Selling Points - Core Industries

Manufacturing

The abundant natural resources in Franklin County and surrounding areas have long supported pulp and paper, and wood products manufacturers. Two other natural resources, wind and water, are now bringing new industries to the area.

Continuing a long tradition…

Maine Wood Concepts, founded in 1971 in New Vineyard, is the leading manufacturer of custom wood turnings and custom molded wood products, selling tool handles, furniture and toy parts, knobs, dowels, and craft items to retailers and resellers across the United States. Between their 33,000 square foot sawmill and 20,000 square foot production facility, Maine Wood Concepts employ 70 local workers.

Stratton Lumber, Inc. has been producing quality dimensional lumber since early 1981 and in 2008 completed a $6 million sawmill expansion and investment to increase productivity and to improve utilization of forest resources. As having been recently certified to a sustainable forestry FSC standard, Stratton Lumber is marketing its product under the brand name of “FONTAINE”, in conjunction with its affiliated sawmill in Woburn, Quebec. They are a forward-thinking company, increasingly using technology to ensure consistent, high-quality products.

Jarden Plastic Solutions, East Wilton, MaineVerso Paper’s Androscoggin Mill in Jay and their mill in Bucksport together employ 1,600 people and produce 1.2 million tons of paper each year. They purchase 80% of their wood pulp from sources in Western Maine, making them a major consumer of forestry products and an important contributor to the local economy.

Jarden Plastic Solutions' manufacturing facility in East Wilton has been producing high-quality retail plastic cutlery since 1962. They currently employ 187 local workers in their 70,000 square foot facility.


Building on tradition…

Geneva Wood Fuels, LLC is an alternative energy company that has brought the wood manufacturing tradition back to Strong. Geneva Wood Fuels has invested over $13 million to retrofit the former Strong toothpick mill into a wood pellet mill. They have 20 employees in raw material receiving and processing, pellet production, packaging and distribution and support another 50 jobs in forest harvesting and distribution.

ReEnergy LLC, incorporated in 2008, is based in Latham, New York with additional offices in New York City, Houston, and London. In December 2011, ReEnergy purchased Boralex’s five biomass facilities, four of which are in Maine and one in New York. Two of these biomass plants are located in Livermore Falls and Stratton. ReEnergy, like the other biomass-to-energy generation facilities in Maine and New York, provides sustainable electricity from responsibly harvested green forest residue biomass, and unadulterated wood. The Franklin County area biomass plants employ a total of 60 people.

TransCanada's Kibby Wind Power Project in Eustis MaineTransCanada is a growing independent power producer based in Alberta, Canada. In 2010, they completed construction of New England's largest wind project, the Kibby Wind Power Project, in Eustis. The 132 megawatt facility has the capacity to generate enough power for 50,000 homes and employs 13 people.

Poland Spring, the nation's leading bottler of natural spring water, opened a plant in Kingfield in 2009 with 40 employees — they have since nearly doubled their workforce.  In 2010 the plant received a manufacturing excellence award, “Best Factory in North America,” from its parent company, Nestle Waters North America. The state-of-the-art facility received the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(R) (LEED) Gold certification, making it the first manufacturing facility in Maine to receive LEED Gold status.

 

Tourism

There’s so much to see and do in Franklin County…

The western mountains of Maine are home to a myriad of wildlife and natural wonders. A four-season area, Franklin County has an array of cultural, historical, and recreational assets for travelers interested in the arts, history, and outdoor activities.

Franklin County is home to one of the top ten golf courses in the country, two exceptional ski resorts — Saddleback and Sugarloaf, and the Maine Huts & Trails system, 30 miles of trail corridor connecting three full-service lodges.

In addition to numerous biking, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and ATV riding opportunities in the area, Mt. Blue State Park is located at the base of Tumbledown Mountain on breathtaking Webb Lake, while the Rangeley Lakes region and scenic Sugarloaf have mass appeal that has been attracting adventuresome outdoor travelers for many generations.

There are many inns and B&Bs throughout Franklin County, as well as an 86-room Comfort Inn & Suites hotel, part of nationally-recognized Choice Hotels International.

 

Information Technologies

Our people are our greatest resource…

NotifyMD, Farmington, MaineBarclaycard US, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, opened a branch in 2008 in Wilton to provide customer service to L.L. Bean cardholders and now employs nearly 100 workers. Barclays has been impressed with the experience found in the local labor pool.

NotifyMD provides physician messaging and other healthcare communication solutions that preserve the live voice interaction with patients and providers. The center opened in Farmington in 2007 and has more than 75 employees.