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$300K grant will help Froling Energy expand

 Company to upgrade facilties for precision wood chip processing

  • Froling Energy in Peterborough is poised for expansion. Priscilla Morrill—Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill

  • Froling Energy in Peterborough is poised for expansion. Priscilla Morrill—Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill

  • Froling Energy in Peterborough is poised for expansion. Priscilla Morrill—Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill

  • Froling Energy in Peterborough is poised for expansion. Priscilla Morrill—Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill

  • Froling Energy in Peterborough is poised for expansion. Priscilla Morrill—Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:31PM

A N.H. Public Utilities Commission grant of $300,000 to help Froling Energy expand its manufacturing facilities for precision dry wood chips has been approved by the Governor’s Council. And it is hoped a $325,000 grant for a customer to install a biomass boiler system will bring more demand for the product.

The grant to Froling will help fund a $750,000 build-out at 590 Hancock Road, so the company can up its processing of wood chips for the commercial-size dual biomass boilersystems it sells and installs. It will go from churning out 1,500 to 2,000 tons of PDCs to 4,000 tons next year.

”We’re doubling production next year and, with the new machinery, we can go up to 10,000 per year,” said President Mark Froling. “Much larger customers are already looking at us.”

“We’re excited,” said Jim Van Valkenburgh, vice president of sales and marketing. “The major new equipment has been ordered and work will begin soon on the upgrade of our PDC manufacturing facility, so we are ready for the next increase in demand this fall.”

In preparation for the expansion work, Froling said the company is creating a surplus, so it will have plenty of inventory on hand until the new system is ready to go.

Froling has been contracted by Energy Efficient Investments to install a boiler and fuel supply system at Plymouth High School, which will benefit from a $325,000 PUC grant. Froling has submitted a bid to supply the wood chips, too.