Ashland, ME – A major announcement that’s good news for Aroostook County and great news for the town of Ashland, or more specifically Nashville Plantation.
J.D. Irving announced today that it will invest 30-million dollars into a new state-of-the-art sawmill located just outside of Ashland in Nashville Plantation. Officials say it will mean up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and 60 permanent jobs once the mill is up and running.
The facility will produce softwood lumber, most of which will be sold throughout the US eastern seaboard. Vice President of Sawmills, Gaston Poitras, says the company is committed to growing jobs in Maine.
“This new mill at Ashland will deliver new jobs and the best technology for the workers, and will be
sustained by a wood supply from Maine producers.” Gaston says.
Governor Paul LePage weighed in on the announcement as well saying “This is the kind of news we like to see in the State of Maine: a good company expanding and creating quality jobs for Maine people…”
The new mill is expected to open in late Spring of 2014.