In a news release, J.D. Irving is reporting that their sawmill in Ashland, Maine has recently completed a $ 1.8 million dollar energy efficient investment, which includes an upgrade to the boilers and an additional control room. The most significant upgrade, however, is the installation of a turbine that reduces the site’s carbon footprint by 1000 tons of Co2 per year. This energy efficient project was completed just prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, which all J.D. Irving, Limited Maine operations navigated without any cases of COVID-19 or layoffs. Josh Philbrook, Mill Manager at Ashland Sawmill said of the improvements, “This project is good for the environment and the business – we are reducing our carbon footprint using green energy and we are also reducing our power bill! The project allows Ashland to support the production of green energy pellets – sending our sawdust to Grand River Pellets.”
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