Three Maine wood products firms to split $1.6M in federal grants
Tanbark molded wood fiber

Tanbark will receive $300,000 from the Wood Innovations Grant Program to help expand capabilities for replacing plastic packaging with Type 3 molded wood fiber.

Three Maine wood products companies will each receive a slice of the $74 million Wood Innovations and Community Wood Grant Program

Combined the three firms will share $1.6 million in federal funding to support their projects, including:

•    $999,998 from the Community Wood Grant Program for Treeline’s Penobscot River thermally modified wood treatment facility
•    $300,000 from the Wood Innovations Grant Program for Godfrey Forest Products LLC to help start wood products production at its new oriented strand board (OSB) mill at the site of a paper mill that closed last year in Jay, Maine
•    $300,000 from the Wood Innovations Grant Program for Tanbark to help expand capabilities to replace plastic packaging with Type 3 molded wood fiber

“Federal grant programs that support innovative and sustainable uses for wood are instrumental in helping Maine loggers and forest product producers adapt to ever-changing industries, climate, and markets,” said Rep.  Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). “From bringing production back to the Jay area to furthering sustainable innovations in packaging and wood products, these federal grants for Maine support rural economies while investing in forward-thinking, sustainable practices.”

The three Maine projects are among 171 projects nationwide to receive funds this year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.


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