Cousineau Forest Products Says Business will Proceed in Henniker Despite Extensive Fire Damage

By ALYSSA DANDREA

Hours after a three-alarm fire raged at a wood processing facility in Henniker, the owner and his management team were busy devising a plan to rebuild and strategizing about how to meet customers’ needs in the interim.

“The important part of the story is we’re going to get going immediately. We’re not turning any customers away,” said Randy Cousineau, president of Cousineau Forest Products. “We’ll bring in mobile equipment in the short term and we’ll get to rebuilding, making it better than it was before.”

The Henniker facility, which processes wood into playground surfacing, biomass fuel, chips and bark mulch, suffered its first serious fire Sunday afternoon under Cousineau’s ownership. Cousineau, who is based in Wilton, Maine, took over operations in Henniker about three years ago. He estimates that Sunday’s fire caused an estimated half a million dollars in damage.

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