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Ga. company to set up shingle plant in Maine

ASHLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Georgia-based company that manufactures cedar shingles is planning to locate a manufacturing plant in northern Maine that will create 78 new jobs.

Gov. Paul LePage and Bryan Kirkey, CEO of Ecoshel, announced Tuesday that the shingle plant will be located at the former Levesque sawmill in Ashland.

Ecoshel has been test-manufacturing its new line of cedar shingle panels for roofing and siding at a facility in Gainesville, Ga.

According to a prepared statement, the company decided to build its permanent manufacturing plant in Maine because it's close to an abundant northern white cedar supply and to the country's largest cedar shingle markets, in New England.