Arrive Saco Manufacturing, 39 Lincoln Street, Saco
We will meet with owner Tony Jondrek who will share the story of the company’s nearly 150-year history and transitions while continuing to operate in the same space. Founded in 1872 as a manufacturer of wooden water pumps, the company now manufacturers wooden columns, spindles, balusters and spires.
Pleasant River Pine
Arrive Pleasant River Pine, 563 New Dam Road, Sanford
Plant manager Jamie Fall will give us a tour of a high-production saw mill that converts pine saw logs into boards and pattern siding for markets up and down the East Coast.
Wood & Son
Arrive Wood & Son, 36 Lefrancois Lane, Sanford
Owner Tony Wood who will give us a tour of a plant that produces wood pellet fuel from the residues of the adjacent saw mill. He'll describe his business's his family's history in the wood business and why he returned to the family business to lead it into a new era.
Arrive Ecology School, 184 Simpson Road, Saco
Lunch in Conference room at Ecology School. This will include presentations by Theresa Kerchner, Lloyd Irland (supply networks, etc) and Ken Laustsen (sustainability).
Tour Ecology School. Director Drew Dumsch will give us a tour of a new dormitory and dining commons and describe his school’s decision to pioneer Maine’s first Living Building Challenge project. The low-carbon construction model that raises the bar on sustainable construction and relies heavily on locally sourced wood.
Timber harvest site to be determined. A member of Professional Logging Contractors of Maine will demonstrate how timber is harvested in Maine and what sustainble forestry looks like.