Lumbermill to open for tours

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BRATTLEBORO — The Windham Regional Woodlands Association's annual lumbermill tour will be at Allard Lumber Company on Old Ferry Road, beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The company was started in 1974 and is now owned by Clifford Allard. Allard buys standing timber and logs from four states. The lumbermill saws, dries, and ships lumber around the world through brokers and wholesalers. Allard also manufactures railroad ties, pallet cants, bridge mats and grade stakes.

By-products from the mill including bark are marketed to a secondary processor. Wood chip biomass is sold to private and municipal facilities, and schools, for heat. Sawdust is burned on site to heat the wood-drying kilns and at the same time co-generate electricity through a turbine and steam engine. Participants will have a chance to see this innovative system.

The company has concentration log yards in Chestertown, N.Y., North Haverhill, N.H., and Pawlet. Allard has licensed foresters on staff that can handle all phases of landowner needs, from planning advice to harvesting strategies.

Allard lumber employs 45 people in all aspects of day-to-day business operations including manufacturing, administration and marketing.

In 2016 Allard received the Sawmill of the Year Award for the northeastern United States from the Northeastern Loggers Association.

The tour will start at the main office at 74 Glen Orne Drive. All people 12 and over are welcome. Dress appropriately including covered-toe shoes or boots.

The group will be inside, outside, and on uneven ground.

No dogs allowed.

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