Bartlett Yarns - Harmony Maine

 To build and run a complete processing center in Central Maine which would encompass from beginning to end a complete wool processing system in a safe, environmentally friendly manner. To the best of our knowledge, this does not exist in Maine or even New England.

 A scouring plant located about 1 1/2  hours from our current mill has indicated a desire to sell its equipment, as it does not fit with his current business model, and he feels it is being underutilized due to his other commitments. He lacks the time to bring the machinery into full production.

 This is a 4 bowl Sargents small scale wool washing plant with all required associated related equipment including fiber scale, fiber picker, wool drying racks, compressor, 3 phase converter, propane boiler, heat exchanger, hot water storage tanks, final water heaters, packing bags, detergents and all associated electrical, plumbing, spare parts and supplies, lanolin settling tanks & pumps, centrifuges, drying racks, and assortment of scouring supplies.

 This train was built by Sargents in the 1950's as a demonstration and teaching machine for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 It requires 2 gallons of water for every pound of fleece washed.

 Bartlett yarns is in the process of acquiring a 21,000 s.f. industrial facility less than a X mile from our current mill site. We are scheduled to close by September 30th of this year. We are paying cash.

 This facility has the necessary daily water supply, which is private.

 This facility has the necessary waste disposal system to handle 1500 gallons per day.

In addition to this septic system, Bartlett yarns would be installing a series of holding tanks to allow the solids to settle, so that only the gray water effluent would reach the actual septic system. These holding tanks would be pumped of the solids and either be trucked off site for further disposal or used in natural composting.

 Bartlett yarns is also interested in setting up a water recycling system and pumping used water in bowls 3 and 4 back into bowls 1 and 2 creating a recycling pattern to further reduce water consumption and effluent.

 The facility has the physical room for washing and a separate area for adequate drying before being moved onto further processing stages.

 Water would be heated via propane to begin with. Future goals include solar heating with the propane source as a backup. We have not included this feature in this proposal.

 Bartlett yarns already owns a water extractor which is capable of extracting the accumulated water in the fleece without felting the fibers. Capacity is approximately 300 pounds of washed wool per day. We believe it will significantly reduce drying time by as much as 50% if not more. This extracted water will be collected and reinserted into the scouring line.

 Drying of the fleece would be accomplished thru a series of racks and commercial fans.

 This acquisition would create an additional 1 full time job immediately and additional employment over the course of 18-24 months in an area which has an unemployment rate between 12-15%.

 The acquisition of the equipment would give Bartlett yarns the opportunity to value add to its product line in terms of breed specific roving's and yarns as well as the ability to scour some of its own raw materials and not rely solely on th ird party services.

 The acquisition would allow another component of our business to allow for processing and complete return of the customer's own fleece in a variety of products such as roving, yarn or blankets.

 The acquisition would have the ability to advertise scouring services to other processors who do not have this capability.

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FINAL REPORT

Bartlett yarns, IncPO Box 36 Harmony, ME 04942

Report-November, 2017

Wool Scouring Train Grant

December2016 Grant award notification for Sargent's Scouring Trainvintage 1950's.
December, 2016 Due to circumstances beyond our control, we did not purchase the building owneby the Town of Harmony, ME per the advice of counsel. This project included 4 attempts to purchase the property over 3 years.
January2017 Notified Steve Lee of our intentions to purchase property and build a new building.
January2017 Completed purchase of 16 acres of property on Route 150 in Athens, ME, 3 miles from current mill.
January, 2017 Met with septic designer #1 to start design of septic system.
March,2017 Received 1septic design,
April2017 1septic design was reviewed by Code Enforcement Officer.
April, 2017 Blizzard in mid-April-27" of snow in a 24-hour period.
May, 2017 Met with contractor to review septic design ansite layout. He reviewed septic system and noted based ohis experience that this septic system design had been utilizefor residential use in Harmony anall were in failureWe discussed the fact that we had requested not to have a chamber system (which is what was designed), but a stone besystem due to the nature of the useHe agreed that this would be more beneficial to our use and needsHe noted the location of the proposed system was probably not the greatest and we went thru site layout and other future infrastructureHe asked to contact another septic designer that he had worked with to review and re-do this plan for stone system and to also look at a better placement on the propertyBy the end of May, we had an excellent septic system design and placement in the area that we wanted and that would be conducive to this buildingits operations and for further expansion. The code enforcement officer accepted the 2design as a modification of the 1design.
May-June, 2017 Period of heavy rainsContractor did preliminary site work anstarteseptic system.
June-July2017 Septic system anwell installed. Grading completedand site prepped for fo undation.
August2017 Foundation pouredConstruction began on building.
August, 2017 Deposit of $25,000 made to seller. Amount was per his request, not ours ,
September2017 Construction continuesDue to high winds, we had several days that we could not work on this structure.
October2017 Electrician anMaine Central Power contacteto begin workCentral Maine Power needs to set pole and install electricity from street.
November2017 Building is weather tight and electrician starting work and final hook up of well. CMP is scheduled to set pole and install electricity from street.
November2017 Started bringing assorted pieces of the scouring train to Athens.
November2017 Heating elements are ordered and scheduled to be delivered.
November2017 Scheduled to complete breakdown of scouring train antransportAs we are at the mercy of Central Maine Power for electrical at this point, we do not want to bring certain pieces into an unheated building and have them freeze We expect to have all completed by the 3week of November and this is when the final payment and final bill of sale will be executed.

December,2017 We estimate the scouring train to be completely re-established and up and running about the 2nd week.

Events
August2017 Annual Bartlettyarns Open House-Discussion of scouring services and grant.
October2017 Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival-Presentation on sustainable wool processing and new scouring services.
November, 2017 Presentation at New England Fiber Festival on sustainable wool processing and new scouring services.
January2017 Proposed Maine Ag Trade Show-Presentation on sustainable wool processing and new scouring services.
February2017 Vermont Farm Show-Presentation on sustainable wool processing and new scouring services.
February, 2017 NH Farm and Forest-Proposed Presentation on sustainable wool processing and new scouring services.
February, 2017 SEMAP-Proposed Presentation (their request) on sustainable wool processing and new scouring services.
May, 2017 NH Sheep and Wool Festival-Proposed presentation on sustainable wool processing and new scouring services.
Brochure on guaranteed custom processing was completed and has been widely distributed thru our annual mailing and at the shows we attend.

Bartlett yarns haestablished a display in their retail store of various custom processing spinning that we have completed over the pasfew years for our customers who wish to receive their own fiber back. This has proven to be beneficial iexplaining to customers what we can offer and do for themThidisplay will also be used at the Maine Ag Trade Show and possibly re-invented for easy travel to other speaking engagementsstatic display presentation is currently being worked onbut I am awaiting the train to be re-assembled in Harmony to takpictures to use for this.

Bartlett yarns has started the construction of a new web site aimed specifically at our scouring and fiber processing services. The completion will not happen until next year.

At thipoint we have roughly 4,000 pounds ready for scouring. In additionwe have approximately 750 pounds from Duchess CountyNY which will be set aside and segregated by color. The intention is to create "newyarn to be marketed at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival for 2018with all fiber coming from this countyDepending on the time frame, as we will be building our second building for our weaving operationsome of this stock may end up being part of a Duchess County blanket.

Iour regular course of purchasing woolwe have obtained some nice fleeces which wilbe processing along with the purchase of mohair (from Duchess County) into a hand knitting yarnAll fiber will be scoured and spun by us! As this is a specially type of itemwe estimate the run to be about 150 poundsWe intend to showcase thiyarn as one of many examples of our worto encourage further work.

In addition, afiber ireceived and iit was an outright purchase by Bartlettyarnswe have been setting aside select fleeces to be processed from scouring into round roving for retail sales.

SummaryWe have been working as hard as we can to complete the construction of this building and to bring the scouring train to AthensWe have spoken to numerous people about our services and positive results/feedbackWe have fiber lined up for processing and others that are awaiting to bring it in.

The following will be presented to add to this reportPictures of Scouring Train-current Picture of display in retail store Copy of Brochure Final Bill of Sale
 

PO Box 36 Harmony, ME 04942 www.bartlettyarns.com 207-683-2251

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