LINCOLN, Maine — In the three weeks since Sargent Materials opened its gravel and cement operations plant on West Broadway, business has been brisk, general manager Pat Dubay says.
“It’s been picking up every day,” Dubay said. “It’s still early in the [construction] season, but we have gotten off to a good start with the early spring. We’re averaging about 10 to 15 contractors [hauling away loads] a day.”
Meanwhile, Owen J. Folsom Inc. of Old Town is seeking a new business permit to open a smaller gravel pit, aggregate sales yard and concrete plant on land at the corner of Penobscot Valley Road and West Broadway, Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Davis said.
“It seems like a very small operation, with two to four employees,” Davis said Tuesday, “but there would be a competitor with Sargent’s and it would probably bring down the price of concrete in town. It may or may not, but it’s competition, like with any other business.”
Folsom officials did not attend a review of their proposal scheduled for Monday’s planning board meeting, so the board probably will take up the company’s application at its May 17 meeting, Davis said.
Folsom operations manager Jason Folsom did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment Tuesday. Other Folsom officials declined to comment.
A subsidiary of Sargent Corp. of Stillwater, Sargent Materials purchased the ready-mix concrete plants of G.E. Goding, including four ready-mix plants in Lincoln, Millinocket, Woodland and East Machias, in late December or early January. Dubay declined to name the price.
Several other businesses are or likely will be seeking new business permits next month, Davis said, including:
• An insurance agency that will likely apply to fill 1,100 square feet of storefront space adjoining the Label Shopper store at 284 West Broadway. The business’s owner asked Tuesday that the business not be identified but confirmed that he would be applying for a permit next month. He plans to open the business in July.
• The Katahdin and Lincoln Lakes region’s sole standalone retail clothing store, Label Shopper, opened in November.
• A new farmers market, selling fresh produce, at 5 Bagley Mountain Road. Smith Brook Farms LLC applied Tuesday to add the market, which would sell vegetables from a farmers co-op to an existing greenhouse operation on the site.
The planning board also will advise the Town Council at the council’s May 13 meeting that town sign regulations should not be changed in response to a council request for a review. The request was prompted by heavy signage left on West Broadway when Movie Gallery was holding a going-out-of-business sale, Davis said.