Outstanding Manufacturer of 2018: Maine Woods Pellet

From left, Bruce Linkletter, Sandy Linkletter, Debbie Linkletter and Robert Linkletter of Maine Woods Pellet Co. in Athens.

“In recognition of outstanding innovations and investments to merge technologies for the efficient production of wood pellets and electrical power.”

At MFPC’s 58th Annual Meeting in Phippsburg Sept. 9, Rich Smith, wood buyer at Pleasant River Lumber presented the Manufacturer of the Year to Maine Woods Pellet Co.

“The three Linkletter brothers – Robert, Richard and Bruce – began redeveloping their Athens, Maine, industrial site 12 years ago. Construction lasted 16 months,” Smith said. “Maine Woods Pellet began operations with 20 employees, producing 50,000 tons per year. Now, Maine Woods Pellets is on pace to produce 120,000 tons of pellets with 35 employees.

“Four years ago, they also added a 120,000 ton per year biomass burner to both generate electricity and utilize excess heat to pre-dry feedstock for pellet production.

“The Linkletters’ manufacturing success can be measured by their efficient pellet production, electricity generation and fully integrated operation from forestland ownership, logging, trucking and chipping, through pellet sales. On top of that they are successfully competing in energy markets, not just traditional wood products markets.

“Congratulations to the Linkletter family and Maine Woods Pellet Co. for being named Manufacturer of the Year.”