Indufor North America recently visited four communities in Maine as part of our ongoing work with Forest Opportunity Roadmap (FOR/Maine), a cross-sector public-private collaboration we’ve been proud to support since 2018. Following health guidelines, Jeffrey Hatcher and Michael Owen were able to visit beautiful Maine once again to meet with important stakeholders representing industry, government, and civil society. Indufor’s current work is part of Phase II of FOR/Maine, which aims to grow the forest products sector 40 percent by 2025—enabled through investment attraction into the state’s emerging bioeconomy.
Indufor and FOR/Maine are taking special interest in the communities of Lincoln, East Millinocket, Millinocket, and Ashland and had the opportunity to visit each site. We were impressed by the determination to diversify the economy and expand on current assets in place through mill sites and workforce training programs. While there, we discussed a range of new product opportunities including cross-laminated timber (CLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), pyrolysis oil, and nanocellulose. All of these products can serve an important role in Maine’s bioeconomy and create additional jobs for communities.
Indufor is committed to the future of the bioeconomy in Maine, and the time spent safely with community leaders gives us hope that we’ll continue to see growth in economic development and opportunities for the state.
To learn more about For/Maine: www.formaine.org
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