Title

Brad Wright and his seven co-workers at Shaw & Tenney, a factory in downtown Oro

Source

Down East

Date

9-1-2012

Pages

50-55

Abstract

Brad Wright and his seven co-workers at Shaw & Tenney, a factory in downtown Orono, make handcrafted wooden oars and paddles, flagpoles, masts, spars, and other marine tools in much the same manner as they were made when the company was founded in 1858. Although the manufacturing process has not changed, sales have grown more than 250% since 2003 when Steve Holt and Nancy Forster-Holt purchased the business. They have cultivated new customers, like the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance companies, which present an engraved Shaw & Tenny paddle to each departing member. They also supply props to the entertainment industry.

Subjects

Small business, Forest products industry, Shaw & Tenney Orono

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