US Forest Service

During the recent economic downturn, Springdale Lumber closed its timber mill in the already economically stressed Stevens County, an hour’s drive north of Spokane, Washington, leaving 25 employees without jobs.

When the Recovery Act offered business a chance for new life, local small business owners Dale and Sharon Borgford decided to reuse the mill–as an energy generation plant. The mill, in turn, will use recylced energy–from biomass–to produce electricity. For that they received $771,00 from the Recovery Act‘s DOE’s State Energy Program as well as $4 million from the US Forest Service. Keep reading →