Business

  • Collins, King, Poliquin call for rollback of newsprint tariffs

    Collins, King, Poliquin call for rollback of newsprint tariffs

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) were among lawmakers who testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday in opposition to tariffs imposed by the Commerce Department that have caused the price of newsprint to rise over 20 percent in recent months. “The

  • Whole Oceans names CFO

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans, which proposes to build a land-based salmon farm on the former Verso mill site, announced Wednesday that Eric Jacobsson has joined the company as chief financial officer. Jacobsson has over 30 years of experience in finance, most recently serving as senior director of finance for Pentair Water. Pentair Water is a

  • New USDA office opens in Ellsworth

    New USDA office opens in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently opened a new office in Ellsworth, providing a better opportunity for the federal agency to serve landowners in Hancock County in addressing natural resource concerns. Since 2011, the NRCS field office for Hancock County has been in Bangor, but it has now

  • Main Grind building for sale

    Main Grind building for sale

    ELLSWORTH—The Main Grind building, home to FlexIt Café and Bakery along with several art galleries and studios, is for sale. The 11,508-square-foot Main Street space, which includes four levels, is listed for $1.1 million by Sargent Real Estate. The building was purchased for $517,500 in 2006 by Winds Aloft LLC, according to property tax records,

  • After a tough 2017, blueberry growers face a shaky start

    After a tough 2017, blueberry growers face a shaky start

    ELLSWORTH — Blueberry production and values declined in 2017, and the coming season is not all that promising. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, total production in 2017 dropped 33 percent from 2016 to 67.8 million pounds. Prices for processed berries declined slightly, from 27 cents per pound to 25 cents. The production

  • Pocket Parks Campground opens in Gouldsboro

    Pocket Parks Campground opens in Gouldsboro

    GOULDSBORO — The Acadia East Campgrounds are only a couple of minutes walking distance from Route 1, but they seem much farther away. “It feels a lot like Acadia back here, lots of granite,” says Tom Tash, co-founder and CEO of Pocket Parks, which opened its first location in Gouldsboro on June 27. “We were

  • Whole Oceans names production head

    Whole Oceans names production head

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans, the company planning to build a salmon farm on the former Verso mill site, announced Monday that Joe McElwee has joined the company as chief production officer. McElwee, an Ireland native, has 36 years of experience across the entire aquaculture industry, including more than 20 years in the design and operation

  • Work on Dairy Queen restarted

    Work on Dairy Queen restarted

    ELLSWORTH — Work on the planned Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in the Maine Coast Mall complex has restarted after a months-long hiatus, according to owner Christopher Thorne of Ellsworth Soft Serve LLC. “It’s still happening,” said Thorne, who did not yet have an opening date for the restaurant. Paperwork and regulations held up the

  • Homecoming for local intern

    Homecoming for local intern

    ELLSWORTH — The Heart of Ellsworth recently welcomed its summer intern, Miami, Fla., resident and college sophomore Robin Nilsson. Nilsson, who attends Cornell College in Iowa, has family in the Ellsworth area and is excited to return to Maine. “The community of Ellsworth has gifted me with so many valuable and exciting memories growing up,”