Britton Lumber to expand sawmill operations

Britton Lumber
Britton Lumber.

Britton Lumber Company has announced the planned expansion of their Eastern White Pine sawmill in August 2022. Located in Bath, New Hampshire, Britton Lumber manufactures Eastern White Pine and operates a 30,000 square foot facility which produces approximately 9 million board feet annually.

The planned addition will see a new, 6,500 square foot structure built onto the existing sawmill which will include a new Optimized Linear Edger, unscrambler, and new belt conveyors and transfer decks. The new edger and equipment from McDonough Manufacturing will replace Britton’s existing 35-year-old manual edger which is a significant bottleneck and the most labor intensive position in the sawmill, the company says.

While no jobs are being created or eliminated, a key component to the mill upgrade is to improve workflow and create safer and more desirable jobs. Britton Lumber expects an increase in production of approximately 5% and the project to be completed and operational by the end of 2022.

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Britton Lumber Company is a forest products and building materials business founded in 1946 by the Britton family. The company currently operations two divisions: Manufacturing, which produces Eastern White Pine boards with a sawmill, dry kilns, and planer mill in Bath, New Hampshire; and Wholesale Distribution, which sells building materials from warehouses in Fairlee, Vermont, and Gray, Maine. The company’s manufactured products are sold through its wholesale distribution as well as other wholesalers and distributors in the U.S. and Canada. The wholesale distribution division buys a wide variety of building materials from manufacturers and distributes them to over 300 retail lumber yards and home centers in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

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