Bartlett Yarns - Harmony Mainein a safe, environmentally friendly manner. To the best of our knowledge, this does not exist in Maine or even New England.
To build and run a complete processing center in Central Maine which would encompass from beginning to end a complete wool processing system
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.
Thisis 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 yarnsis 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 wouldreach 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.
|December, 2016||Grant award notification for Sargent's Scouring Train, vintage 1950's.|
|December, 2016||Due to circumstances beyond our control, we did not purchase the building owned by the Town of Harmony, ME per the advice of counsel. This project included 4 attempts to purchase the property over 3 years.|
|January, 2017||Notified Steve Lee of our intentions to purchase property and build a new building.|
|January, 2017||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 1" septic design,|
|April, 2017||1" septic 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 and site layout. He reviewed septic system and noted based on his experience that this septic system design had been utilized for residential use in Harmony and all were in failure. We discussed the fact that we had requested not to have a chamber system (which is what was designed), but a stone bed system due to the nature of the use. He agreed that this would be more beneficial to our use and needs. He noted the location of the proposed system was probably not the greatest and we went thru site layout and other future infrastructure. He asked to contact another septic designer that he had worked with to review and re-do this plan for a stone system and to also look at a better placement on the property. By 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 building, its operations and for further expansion. The code enforcement officer accepted the 2" design as a modification of the 1" design.|
|May-June, 2017||Period of heavy rains. Contractor did preliminary site work and started septic system.|
|June-July, 2017||Septic system and well installed. Grading completed, and site prepped for fo undation.|
|August, 2017||Foundation poured. Construction began on building.|
|August, 2017||Deposit of $25,000 made to seller. Amount was per his request, not ours ,|
|September, 2017||Construction continues, Due to high winds, we had several days that we could not work on this structure.|
|October, 2017||Electrician and Maine Central Power contacted to begin work. Central Maine Power needs to set pole and install electricity from street.|
|November, 2017||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.|
|November, 2017||Started bringing assorted pieces of the scouring train to Athens.|
|November, 2017||Heating elements are ordered and scheduled to be delivered.|
|November, 2017||Scheduled to complete breakdown of scouring train and transport. As 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 3" week 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.
|August, 2017||Annual Bartlettyarns Open House-Discussion of scouring services and grant.|
|October, 2017||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.|
|January, 2017||Proposed Maine Ag Trade Show-Presentation on sustainable wool processing and new scouring services.|
|February, 2017||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 has established a display in their retail store of various custom processing spinning that we have completed over the past few years for our customers who wish to receive their own fiber back. This has proven to be beneficial in explaining to customers what we can offer and do for them. This display will also be used at the Maine Ag Trade Show and possibly re-invented for easy travel to other speaking engagements. A static display presentation is currently being worked on, but I am awaiting the train to be re-assembled in Harmony to take pictures 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 this point we have roughly 4,000 pounds ready for scouring. In addition, we have approximately 750 pounds from Duchess County, NY which will be set aside and segregated by color. The intention is to create a "new" yarn to be marketed at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival for 2018, with all fiber coming from this county. Depending on the time frame, as we will be building our second building for our weaving operation, some of this stock may end up being part of a Duchess County blanket.
In our regular course of purchasing wool, we have obtained some nice fleeces which will be processing along with the purchase of mohair (from Duchess County) into a hand knitting yarn. All fiber will be scoured and spun by us! As this is a specially type of item, we estimate the run to be about 150 pounds. We intend to showcase this yarn as one of many examples of our work to encourage further work.
In addition, as fiber is received and if it was an outright purchase by Bartlettyarns, we have been setting aside select fleeces to be processed from scouring into round roving for retail sales.
Summary: We have been working as hard as we can to complete the construction of this building and to bring the scouring train to Athens. We have spoken to numerous people about our services and positive results/feedback. We have fiber lined up for processing and others that are awaiting to bring it in.The following will be presented to add to this report: Pictures 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