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Pleasant River Pine expands in Sanford

Written by  Jacqueline Weaver Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm
A new biomass boiler that is fueling the kilns at Pleasant River Pine helped the Hancock company reach its production goal in 2012. The boiler is fed with residual sawdust and wood chips. A new biomass boiler that is fueling the kilns at Pleasant River Pine helped the Hancock company reach its production goal in 2012. The boiler is fed with residual sawdust and wood chips. PHOTO BY JACQUELINE WEAVER

HANCOCK — Pleasant River Pine LLC is beginning to see the increased demand for spruce framing lumber trickling down to the interior pine produced in Hancock, according to Vice President Jason Brochu.

“Sales were below expectations, but now we’re catching up,” Brochu said of the Hancock operation.

The parent company, Pleasant River Lumber in Dover-Foxcroft, sells spruce that is used primarily as framing lumber for new houses.

The market for framing lumber is “really strong,” Brochu said. “There is more demand from house builders up and down the East Coast. We’re hoping that increase in the framing market is going to pop up in this market.”

Pleasant River purchased the former Crobb Box Co. at auction in 2011 and a year ago began manufacturing Eastern white pine for use in interior finishes.

The new company in Hancock is known as Pleasant River Pine and has 37 employees, most from the area.

“We have a very good work force,” Brochu said. “It’s a good mixture of experience and no experience.”

Pleasant River Pine sells Maine grown Eastern white pine to wholesalers, distributors and companies.

Go behind the scenes at Pleasant River's Hancock facility in this 2012 video:

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. A New Hampshire native, she has vacationed in Maine for 25 years and has been with The American for three.

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