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A Springdale lumber mill that lay dormant for five years has a new lease on life and a new job description.
The Borgford BioEnergy Project purchased the defunct Springdale Lumber Co. in October 2009. The mill, which had shutdown almost five years earlier, contained most of the equipment for a specialty beam sawmill. The company decided to expand the operation to include a bio-energy park.
The park will operate a company designed Octaflame gasifer that uses forest thinning/logging waste for electrical generation. The generated power can be used by the mill or placed on the grid for other uses.
It is expected to save Borgford about $85,000 a month in electricity and propane costs.
Once fully operational, Dale Borgford, company owner, expects to have 34 workers at the site once the project is completed at the end of the year.
The company was helped in 2009 by Sen. Patty Murrayâ€™s office, which secured a federal grant to make equipment purchases and begin site preparations. Borgford matched the grant with additional funds and other company resources.
The Legislature also directed the Department of Natural Resources to become more proactive in implementing biomass projects statewide.
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and his office pushed the Borgford project, the only one in Eastern Washington, through state government channels.
The new Springdale sawmill began operation in early 2010.
Borgford plans to build a five-megawatt power station seven miles north of the Springdale site.