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Feds and province fund fiber fuel expansion at Weymouth mill


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By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

A local pine moulding manufacturing company is eliminating more of its wood waste with new technology in order to meet the growing demand for the company’s fiber fuel bricks.

Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialties of Weymouth North has purchased and installed its second wood fiber ‘briquetter’ machine which compresses dry wood waste into bricks.

General manager Jamie Lewis said the plant is also adding a biomass dryer to dehydrate wet wood residue so that it can be used for the bricks as well.

“The briquetter machine is already in operation and we are planning to have the dryer ready for November,” said Lewis. “We should be doubling our volume by next year.”

The Honourable Rob Moore Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, were at Lewis Mouldings on Monday to announce a $307,500 repayable contribution for the two projects at the local plant.

The contribution through ACOA’s Business Development Program included $70,000 for the briquetter and $237,500 for the biomass dryer.

The Honourable Rob Moore said forward-thinking companies across our region embrace export to expand their markets and grow their businesses and Lewis Mouldings is no exception.

“Lewis Mouldings exports the bulk of its wood specialities across the Eastern Seaboard and our Government has made opening new markets a priority in order to create jobs and economic opportunities,” Moore said.

MP Greg Kerr said through decades of quality manufacturing and value-added product development, Lewis Mouldings has grown to become one of our community’s great success stories.

“Our government is pleased to support Lewis Mouldings as it continues to grow with the expansion of its innovative fiber fuel brand,” Kerr said.

Clare-Digby MLA Gordon Wilson was also on hand on behalf of the Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (ERDT) Minister Michel Samson.

Wilson announced that the government of Nova Scotia was investing $123,000 towards the purchase of this equipment through ERDT.

Wilson said Lewis Mouldings sees the potential for expansion and is seizing the opportunity.

“It takes dedication, vision and courage to undertake this kind of endeavour,” Wilson said. “That’s why the Nova Scotia government supports businesses throughout the province that are ready to grow and drive our economy forward.”

Aimee LeBlanc, commercial loans officer from Caisse populaire de Clare who attended the funding announcement said she loves to come and see the product being manufactured.

“It’s nice to see the end results of where the money has been spent,” LeBlanc said.

Lewis said the fiber fuel is a direct alternative to firewood.

“There appears to be a shortage of firewood throughout parts of the province and with this fiber fuel alternative we know we can help fill the gap,” Lewis said.

Fiber fuel bricks were first produced at the family-owned plant in 2008 when the company identified a need to make better use of waste from their operations.

Fiber fuel is a two-pound briquette made of compressed kiln dried Eastern White Pine wood residue that is a by-product from the moulding manufacturing done by Lewis Mouldings.

These two projects, the biomass dryer and briquetter machine, will also contribute to sustained employment at the plant, said Lewis.

The new technology has the potential to eliminate all of the company’s wood waste and increase production of fiber fuel by 400 percent.

Lewis said the company is very excited to work with their federal and provincial partners as they expand the production of fiber fuel.

“Support for new products like fiber fuel helps manufacturing companies like ours to enhance their competitiveness by embracing innovation and technology,” Lewis said.

Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialties has been in operation for nearly a quarter of a century and is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 75 employees.

By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

A local pine moulding manufacturing company is eliminating more of its wood waste with new technology in order to meet the growing demand for the company’s fiber fuel bricks.

Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialties of Weymouth North has purchased and installed its second wood fiber ‘briquetter’ machine which compresses dry wood waste into bricks.

General manager Jamie Lewis said the plant is also adding a biomass dryer to dehydrate wet wood residue so that it can be used for the bricks as well.

“The briquetter machine is already in operation and we are planning to have the dryer ready for November,” said Lewis. “We should be doubling our volume by next year.”

The Honourable Rob Moore Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, were at Lewis Mouldings on Monday to announce a $307,500 repayable contribution for the two projects at the local plant.

The contribution through ACOA’s Business Development Program included $70,000 for the briquetter and $237,500 for the biomass dryer.

The Honourable Rob Moore said forward-thinking companies across our region embrace export to expand their markets and grow their businesses and Lewis Mouldings is no exception.

“Lewis Mouldings exports the bulk of its wood specialities across the Eastern Seaboard and our Government has made opening new markets a priority in order to create jobs and economic opportunities,” Moore said.

MP Greg Kerr said through decades of quality manufacturing and value-added product development, Lewis Mouldings has grown to become one of our community’s great success stories.

“Our government is pleased to support Lewis Mouldings as it continues to grow with the expansion of its innovative fiber fuel brand,” Kerr said.

Clare-Digby MLA Gordon Wilson was also on hand on behalf of the Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (ERDT) Minister Michel Samson.

Wilson announced that the government of Nova Scotia was investing $123,000 towards the purchase of this equipment through ERDT.

Wilson said Lewis Mouldings sees the potential for expansion and is seizing the opportunity.

“It takes dedication, vision and courage to undertake this kind of endeavour,” Wilson said. “That’s why the Nova Scotia government supports businesses throughout the province that are ready to grow and drive our economy forward.”

Aimee LeBlanc, commercial loans officer from Caisse populaire de Clare who attended the funding announcement said she loves to come and see the product being manufactured.

“It’s nice to see the end results of where the money has been spent,” LeBlanc said.

Lewis said the fiber fuel is a direct alternative to firewood.

“There appears to be a shortage of firewood throughout parts of the province and with this fiber fuel alternative we know we can help fill the gap,” Lewis said.

Fiber fuel bricks were first produced at the family-owned plant in 2008 when the company identified a need to make better use of waste from their operations.

Fiber fuel is a two-pound briquette made of compressed kiln dried Eastern White Pine wood residue that is a by-product from the moulding manufacturing done by Lewis Mouldings.

These two projects, the biomass dryer and briquetter machine, will also contribute to sustained employment at the plant, said Lewis.

The new technology has the potential to eliminate all of the company’s wood waste and increase production of fiber fuel by 400 percent.

Lewis said the company is very excited to work with their federal and provincial partners as they expand the production of fiber fuel.

“Support for new products like fiber fuel helps manufacturing companies like ours to enhance their competitiveness by embracing innovation and technology,” Lewis said.

Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialties has been in operation for nearly a quarter of a century and is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 75 employees.

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