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ENFIELD, Maine – Pleasant River Lumber Co., based in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine is one of the largest producers of finished lumber in the state. So, it’s only natural that as a multi-location mill company, their log needs would be incredibly high.


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A&A Brochu Logging Finds Success In Maine

Articles by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Timber Harvesting

ENFIELD, Maine – Pleasant River Lumber Co., based in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine is one of the largest producers of finished lumber in the state. So, it’s only natural that as a multi-location mill company, their log needs would be incredibly high. As Maine wrestles, like the rest of the U.S., with an aging logging force, while landowners still need their tracts thinned, mill owners Jason and Chris Brochu decided to try something their family hadn’t done for many years—run a logging job.

Leaning on Rob Rockwell, a guy who’d been in the lumber business his whole life with some logging experience, the company A&A Brochu Logging was born in 2020, named after the Brochus’ father and uncle, Adrian and Andre, who logged under the same name years earlier. The idea behind the company was simple. Work with some of the landowners they knew, specifically Katahdin Forest Management (KFM), to thin the state’s plantations of spruce and fir that had survived the bud worm of the late 1970s and early 1980s but hadn’t been touched since. This new commercial thinning operation would help the landowners, and feed the expanding Pleasant River Lumber (PRL) sawmill site in Enfield. And maybe bring some new blood into an industry that was struggling to attract fresh talent.

When the Brochus first approached Rockwell, who at the time was running the mill’s log yard and doing procurement, it surprised him. But he says he loves a good challenge and A&A Brochu Logging was definitely going to be one. “I never thought I would do something like this,” he says. “It’s a learning curve, and it has been fun.”


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