Business is Booming for Ellsworth Dock Manufacturer

ELLSWORTH — Struggling businesses are everywhere except for a corner of Ellsworth where an aluminum dock manufacturer has so much work his employees are working overtime.

“We’ve got more work than we can keep up with,” said Richard Newman, owner of Superior Docks, which is located on Christian Ridge Road.

Newman said he is one of five major gangway manufacturers.

And business is booming, thanks to changes in 2007 in the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires municipal gangways to meet either a 1:12 slope or be at least 80 feet long.

Superior Docks turns out 300 gangways a year.

Superior Docks has built gangways for a movie studio in California, for NASA and an entity in Guam, not to mention several states.

Newman started his business in Waltham but moved to Ellsworth in 2007 to a new 15,000-square-foot warehouse. The warehouse is located in a commercial park Newman is developing called Dunham Brook.

Newman expects the growth to continue. He said he is always looking to hire more people to do office work to welding to Web design.

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is honoring Superior Docks with a Director’s Award at the chamber’s annual dinner meeting Thursday, May 14, at the Holiday Inn. The dinner starts with a social at 5 p.m.

The Director’s Award recognizes businesses that have made a significant investment in supporting the region’s growth and development.

For more business news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.


Nicole Ouellette

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