News : Biddeford Mill reinvents itself as own green stimulus package

May 13, 2011

From High Profile's blog

By Jim Cavan

For many New England mills and the communities around them, the road to closure is a painful one. And it’s become a road all too familiar to residents in the Biddeford-Saco area.

During the region’s 19th century heyday, Biddeford’s Pepperell Manufacturing Company was the heart and soul of the local economy, with the complex occupying over 4 million square feet at its turn-of-the-century peak. But the advent of mass electricity – which meant Southern cotton growers didn’t have to ship their product north to be processed – began to take a steady toll on the mill over the decades. By 2006 all production had stopped, and in 2009 the mill was put up for sale.

For a while it looked as if the 21st century would be the death knell for Pepperell, which seemed doomed to follow the outsourced-driven fate of countless mills before it. Instead, one local entrepreneur also saw it as an opportunity to remake the mill in an equally 21st century light – one that was as green as it was bright and forward-facing.... read the full story in High Profile's blog by clicking here!