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2015 Annual Meeting

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The Maine Wood Products Association 2015 Annual MeetingAgenda isin two weeks  - if you haven't already registered please do so today! 


The Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston, Maine is the site for the 2015 MWPA Annual Meeting. Our Agenda is packed full of information for businesses of all sizes.  


Highlights include:

  • Tours of 2 high quality cabinet shops within a stone's throw of the Franco American Heritage Center;McIntosh & Co. and Central Maine Cabinetry and Millwork
  • Steve Rohde of the Northern Forest Center will update us on Transformational Innovation Assistance for Wood Products Manufacturing and the Skilled Workforce Initiative for Wood Manufacturing, programs made possible with the MWPA grant acquired through Northern Border Regional Commission.
  • Kevin Lewis of Maine Community Health Options will be speaking on the ACA and it's impact on small business
  • Gary Hall of Great Falls Insurance can shed some light on Workers Comp issues.
  • Charlie Agnew of Competitive Energy LLC, andEfficiency Maine, will help us understand and combat the impending increases in electrical costs.

A day full of information, networking, the member roll call, business meeting and elections followed by a social hour will make the time a great investment. We hope to see you there!



Church Pews Saved from St. Mary of the Assumption

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st-marys-reclaimed-wood Years after a delicate salvage operation, Longleaf Lumber is milling the final batch of wooden church pews and backs salvaged from the basement of Dedham’s St. Mary of the Assumption church. 

Longleaf Lumber, a Cambridge-based reclaimed lumber company, originally reclaimed the ash wood church pews, ends, and backs in 2010, when St. Mary’s renovated their basement worship space. After de-nailing and kiln-drying, the lumber was milled into a variety of products.

St. Mary of the Assumption church is a historic and important part of local Dedham history. The cornerstone of the building was laid by Archbishop John J. Williams in 1880 as a part of an elaborate ceremony featuring over 100 choir singers. The construction project was a symbol of the religious diversity and tolerance of the time; Protestant members of the community donated the Dedham granite for the Catholic building.

“Church jobs are always great,” says Longleaf owner Marc Poirier. “When we reclaim wood from a church or place of worship we’ve found that people are very attached to the wood from the space. They’ve spent so much personal and emotional time there, so recycling this history into something that can still be a part of their life is important to them.” 

Much of the salvaged wood was re-milled into wall paneling and table stock for a local fast-food chain, while many of the pews were transformed into serving boards for high-end local restaurants, including Cambridge’s Brick & Mortar and Newton’s Sycamore. The pew ends were salvaged and sold as-is as architectural artifacts.