Company plans pellet mill in Sanford 

A company that plans to turn sawmill residue into wood pellets for heating fuel to be sold throughout New England is poised to establish itself in Sanford. The owners say they plan a 24/7 operation with as many as 25 employees.

T & D Wood Energy, made up of the father-and-son team of Dean and Tony Wood, got a warm welcome from Sanford City Council on Tuesday. They’re a new company but one with history — they are the fourth and fifth generation of F.E. Wood and Sons in Baldwin, a company that owned a sawmill and pallet mill for 130 years but ceased operations in the early 2000s, said Tony Wood.

He pointed out that sawmills are growing, and with fewer paper mills operating, there is less of a market for the residue.

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