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Fun in the Sun….and Lobster!

The title pretty much sums up the recent 2017 Mill Tour to Maine.  In early October, forty-two lumber & building material professionals embarked on a progressive trip from Portland to Bangor/Bar Harbor and back down to Portland – with several stops in between.  We were blessed with nothing but sunshine and amazing temperatures.  And while we didn’t get to fully experience the renowned New England fall foliage, plenty of maples provided some beautiful red hues sprinkled among the still very green landscape.   And the group ate more than their fair share of the delicious and plentiful Maine lobster throughout the week!

We had a full schedule of building material industry stops in our five days together, starting with a tour of the Duratherm Windows & York Spiral Stairs plant in Vassalboro. We also visited the University of Maine Advanced Composites lab, and had a hands-on, up-close-and-personal session walking and learning in the University of Maine-managed forestland.  Other industry tours throughout the week provided a full array of the building products industry– everything from the sawmill to the manufacturing process to the retail side – and included Mathews Brothers Windows, Viking Lumber, Robbins Lumber, and Hammond Lumber.

The group also spent plenty of time playing the tourist.  We spent a full day exploring Bar Harbor; tours of Acadia National park, shopping, dining, hiking along the beachfront, walking across the sandbar at low tide and just sitting in the park enjoying the beautiful weather.  Our last afternoon together saw us back in Portland for some Old Port fun and exploration, dining in a well-known seafood restaurant for our farewell lunch and then enjoying the narrated land, water and lighthouse tours for plenty of photo ops together.  It was a full week of education, fun and relationship building among old and new friends!

The Maine Mill Tour was SOLD OUT months in advance and we hope to continue that trend moving forward.  If you’re interested in joining us for one of our tours, please reach out to Jodie Fleck at (763) 595-4058 to be put on the interest list.  (The destination for the 2018 Mill Tour has not yet been set, but a tentative list is currently being established. Location will be announced in early 2018.)