Bio-based Manufacturing


Bio-based Manufacturing Assets

  • Long term timber resource
    • Ideally located to utilize 3.2-million acre North Maine Woods resource – an association of industrial forest owners – directly accessed via Golden Road
      5.6-million acre woodshed within 90-minute drive of Millinocket
  • Forest Ownership and Certification
    • 93% of Millinocket woodshed privately owned
    • State-wide, 54% of forestland owned by large landowners
    • Nearly 50% of Maine’s forests are certified (2018)
      SFI – 7.21, FSC – 4.86, ATFS – 0.5, with 8.35 non-duplicative
  • Opportunities to utilize/develop other species
    • 13% of woodshed Eastern Hemlock standing volume of 5 million m3
    • Underutilized species with 85,000 m3 net growth in woodshed (2019)
  • Golden Road
    • 96 mi, no weight limit, private road – One North to Quebec border
  • Streamlined permitting. Business-friendly, amendable SLODA (site and land) permitting
  • Large quantities of surface water (at least 20mgd)
    • Direct access to West Branch Penobscot River
    • Class B
  • Close to major markets on the US eastern seaboard
  • Research collaboration opportunities with the University of Maine’s Dept. of Innovation and Economic Development, Process Development Center, and Wood Composites

Site Description

  • Located in Millinocket, Maine
  • Existing Infrastructure
    • Approx. 1400 acres zoned for development
    • Less than 200 acres of brownfield, less than 1,200 acres of greenfield
    • 126 MW of low-cost, renewable hydropower
    • On-site access to NBM Railways
  • 2022 EDA Funded Infrastructure Improvements
    • 34.5 KV power supply to Greenfield tenants
    • Water main, fire hydrants and redundant pumps & power for site fire suppression
    • Sewer installation for connection by tenants
    • Renewable power distribution


  • Population of 52 million people within 500 miles
  • Close to major markets in Boston, Quebec, New York and Philadelphia


  • Proximate access to interstate
    • 12 miles from 1-95
  • Access to Canadian Pacific Rail (Rail spur)
  • Millinocket Municipal Airport
    • Town owned public use airport
    • Scheduled rebuild of one (4,700/1,433) (possibly two) runways in 2023

Workforce Development Capacity

  • Katahdin Higher Education Center (KHEC) to tailor specific workforce development programs. KHEC is an off-campus site of Eastern Maine Community Center and the University of Maine system
  • Maine Department of Labor: On-the-job Training Funds


  • Pine Tree Development Zone (PTZ) – Tier 1 location and eligible industry sector
  • Business Equipment Tax Exemption (BETE)
  • Opportunity Zone (OZ)
  • Municipal Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • New Market Tax Credit (NMTC)
  • Employment Tax Increment Financing (ETIF)

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  • Employment Tax Increment Financing (ETIF)

Other Benefits

  • 4 seasons of world-class outdoor recreation, including hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, boating, snowmobiling, ATVing, and skiing
  • High fiber optic capacity
  • Safe and secure
  • High quality of life

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