Forest product research focus of ‘Wild Maine’ radio show

Bob Duchesne’s “Wild Maine” radio show on 92.9 FM The Ticket took a recent trip to the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The show focused on the center and its various research projects that could potentially reinvent Maine’s forest products industry. Stephen Shaler, director of UMaine’s School of Forest Resources and associate director of the UMaine Composites Center, gave Duchesne a tour of the Strand Composites Lab. “What we’re doing here is a lot of industrial research for companies,” Shaler said. “This is a really recognized laboratory that many companies come here — not only the ones in the state, but other companies — to look at new ways of doing things to improve their products.”