PITTSFIELD, Maine — Moosehead Cedar Log Homes, whose plans to expand in Pittsfield have been on hold for three years, will establish a showroom and design shop here next month after the sale of its Greenville headquarters to Plum Creek Timber Co.
Moosehead Vice President Lucy Comber said she and her husband, Randy, who own the business, will move to the model home at 166 Crawford Road in Pittsfield and be open for business as of Jan. 1. Part of an adjacent building also owned by the Combers will become a design shop. The company’s mill, which employs 10 people in Greenville, will remain in operation.
The company first had a presence in Pittsfield in 2005, when it built a “dry shed” for the receiving and storage of building materials from across the country. The facility’s location near Interstate 95 was ideal, said Comber. In 2006 a model home was built below the dry shed.
Just after the expansions, though, the economy soured and sales slowed. The facility was mothballed in 2009. Then in February this year, a fire destroyed part of the Greenville mill, taking much of the company’s equipment with it. The mill has been rebuilt and Comber said the move back to Pittsfield coincides with what she hopes are glimmers of economic recovery on the horizon.
“We are maintaining at this point, just like a lot of other companies,” said Comber. “We’re struggling to keep things going in a good way, even with all of the curve balls that have been thrown at us.”
Moosehead Cedar Log Homes has 10 sales representatives, most of whom are spread throughout the northeast. The company uses cedar out of northern Maine and Canada to build products ranging from 350-square-foot camps to 7,000-square-foot log homes.
Plum Creek said in a recent press release that its purchase of Moosehead’s former model home in Greenville provides more square footage for office space and a convenient in-town headquarters location for customers, employees and contractors.
Pittsfield Town Manager Kathryn Ruth said the return of the company to Pittsfield bodes well for the town, which is about to embark on an aggressive effort to fill six new lots in its industrial park.
“We will be pleased to have Moosehead back in town and to work with the company as they grow over the next few years,” said Ruth. “The town’s location along I-95, with an exchange close to their business, as well as the Pittsfield Industrial Park, works out well for businesses which utilize trucking services.”
Comber said she and her husband, who is the company’s president, don’t know what the future holds. Eventually, she said, they’d like to sell the Pittsfield facility and consolidate in Greenville, though long-term plans at this point remain uncertain.
“We are seeing a little bit of a change [in the economy],” said Comber. “It’s not far off. It’s coming, and we’re encouraged.”