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Mainebiz: From Germany to Maine, plans advance for Enfield biochar plant

Link to original story on Mainebiz Standard Biocarbon Corp. founders Frederick and Tom Horton literally watched their ship come in to Portland Harbor from their office windows at 2 Portland Fish Pier on Tuesday, ready to start a process that could help remediate PFAs and heavy metals and capture carbon for thousands of years.   The Horton brothers received …

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Governor Mills Announces $14 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants Awarded to Maine Forestry Companies

Governor Mills Announces $14 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants Awarded to Maine Forestry Companies December 9, 2022 Second Round of Forestry Recovery Initiative Builds upon $6 Million Already Awarded Governor Janet Mills announced today that 19 Maine forestry companies have been awarded grants totaling $14 million from the final round of the Forest …

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MFPC seeking part-time office manager

The Maine Forest Products Council, the not-for-profit trade association for Maine’s iconic forest products industry, is seeking a part-time Office Manager (24-32 hours per week). The position is responsible for managing office operations including bookkeeping (AP/AR), budgeting, and facilities vendor management. The assistant reports to the Executive Director and helps manage correspondence and membership association …

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PPH Commentary: Abandoning timber harvesting is not the answer

By Pattie Cormier, special to the Portland Press Herald Working woodlands are critical to Maine’s identity. Maine is the most forested state in the nation, percentage-wise, with 17.5 million acres of forest covering 89% of the landscape. Mainers have worked and played in the woods and manufactured and used wood products harvested from the state’s …

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PPH Commentary: In Maine as elsewhere, the forest industry serves a vital purpose

By Patrick Strauch, special to the Portland Press Herald Recently, your paper ran an opinion piece (“Commentary: Don’t be fooled by myths of carbon in Maine, New England wood products,” Nov. 7) by authors from two out-of-state groups that misrepresented Maine’s forest industry and oversimplified the very complicated issue of climate change. The truth is, Maine’s responsibly managed …

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November 2022 MFPC Newsletter

Click here to view the full November 2022 Newsletter The last month has been an exciting one for Maine’s forest products industry. The month kicked off with the Bangor Daily News’ annual Maine Forest Products publication. The Council was featured on page 16 with a half-page advertisement and a column highlighting ongoing investments and emerging opportunities in …

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Brian Flewelling Recognized by Maine Forest Products Council with 2022 President’s Award

The Maine Forest Products Council awarded Brian Flewelling of Easton with the organization’s 2022 President’s Award at a board meeting on Thursday, November 10. The award, presented by MFPC Board President Ryan McAvoy, was presented to Flewelling in recognition of his public service to the forest products industry as an exceptional businessman in the financial …

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Press Release: The Maine Forest Products Council Applauds Sappi’s $418 million Expansion Announcement

Today Sappi announced plans to invest $418 million at the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan to convert Paper Machine #2 to produce solid bleached sulfate board and expand production from 240,000 tons to 470,000 tons annually. This announcement comes on the heels of a $400 million expansion announcement at LP Building Solutions Houlton facility just over …

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Maine Forest Products Council applauds LP Building Solutions’ $400 million expansion announcement

Today it was announced that Maine Forest Products Council member LP Building Solutions will invest $400 million to expand the Houlton Facility. Below is a quote by Pat Strauch, Executive Director of the Maine Forest Products Council. LP Building Solutions held a grand re-opening of the facility as the first SmartSide manufacturer on the east coast on …

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Strauch: Maine Continues Long History of Forest Innovation & Investment

By Patrick Strauch, Executive Director of the Maine Forest Products CouncilPrinted by the Bangor Daily News The forest products industry has been an integral part of Maine’s economy, culture and heritage for hundreds of years. While supporting an $8.1 billion industry, our sustainably managed working forests also provide unparalleled recreational opportunities, critical wildlife habitat, climate …

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