Project manager Thomas Remmes stands in one of the apartments at Juction Shop Mills in Worcester. Wood beams, like those behind him, were cut out to make space for lofts, stairs and elevators and are being reused by Longleaf Lumber as hardwood pine flooring. Photo/Chris Christo
“We deal strictly with reclaimed material. The whole idea of reclaiming lumber is a green one, and it makes financial sense,” Mr. Poirier said. “Reclaimed lumber is now being traded as a commodity.”
The company now has 18 employees, and Mr. Poirier and his team will travel as far as Ohio to reclaim lumber. Mr. Poirier said he finds his raw materials through a network of demolition contractors across New England.
Once the wood is reclaimed, it is sent to Longleaf’s mill, where it is de-nailed, kiln-dried and milled into flooring and paneling.