A place your business can call home in Franklin County, Maine

The abundant natural resources in Franklin County and surrounding areas have long supported pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturers. Throughout Franklin County and beyond into the rest of Western Maine, readily available wood provided the first means of manufacturing in the region.

The industry remains an important part of our forest-based economy even as it faces overseas competition and an aging workforce.  Wood products manufacturing creates markets for wood, which helps forestland owners keep forests as forests and supports employment for loggers, truckers and related workers. The estimated total employment impact of the forest products industry in Franklin County for 2016 is 3,351, according to the Maine Forest Products Council.

The Northern Forest Center is helping the industry hone its competitive advantages and continue to provide good jobs in our communities.  The Transformation Innovation Program provides financial support and technical assistance, and the Skilled Workforce Initiative is helping manufacturers improve the skills of current and future woodworkers. 

Wood pellet fuel and electricity are produced using biomass materials. ReEnergy Stratton provides electricity from sustainably harvested forest residue material and mill residue known as biomass. Some of the electricity that is produced is sold to a local business while the balance is sold directly to other customers such as utilities, energy services companies, and municipal co-ops.

Lignetics of Maine located in Strong manufactures wood pellet fuel made from recycled, renewable sawmill waste containing all-natural biomass products.