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Hassan sees mill demolition underway

Demolition and metal salvaging work began on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Groveton mill complex on the banks of the Upper Ammonoosuc River. By Friday morning, Northeast Dismantling and Recycling of Tilton that is under contract by the millís owner, Green Steel of Scottsdale, Ariz., had made visible progress in bringing down one of its older sections. Two or three of the newer sections will likely be left intact, Green Steelís project manager Mike Stirling has said. Photo by Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
December 19, 2012
GROVETON — Project manager Mike Stirling, who works for the Groveton mill's owner, Green Steel Company of Scottsdale, Ariz., explained to Gov.-elect Maggie Hassam at a Friday morning meeting in GREAT's State Street office that the last two owners had "really stripped the value of the property, outside and inside."

Stirling told Hassan that he had previously worked for Gov. Gray Davis of California, primarily on export issues.

Stirling envisions that two to five businesses will locate on site, with each one employing five to 10 workers.

Groveton is a central location, within easy reach of many markets, including Canada, he said, making it an ideal location for companies interested in exporting.

After spending time on site and in the Granite State, Stirling said he has concluded that the well-located mill site has the potential to attract small- to medium-sized businesses after the slabs are cleaned up following demolition of the older mill buildings.

Smaller, subdivided parcels could be created, carved out of the 100—plus-acre parcel that did not attract a buyer interested in operating the entire complex in the five years since the Wausau Paper mill closed in 2007 just before New Year's Eve.

Stirling (m.stirling@greensteelco.com) is eager to sit down and talk with any company interested in coming to Groveton. He is working with the Groveton Regional Economic Action Team (GREAT), Northern Community Investment Corp. (NCIC) in Lancaster and St. Johnsbury, North Country Council in Bethlehem, and Beno Lamontagne of the state Department of Economic Development of DRED.

Northeast Dismantling and Recycling of Tilton is doing the demolition and recycling work under contract with Green Steel. Bob Chapman of Chapman Scrap Metal Recycling of Milan and Gorham is also involved in the resale of salvaged materials.

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