Father & Son Doing it Right - In 1993 Lyford retired and enjoyed life, and the mill was closed down, never to reopen on the Exeter Road in Corinth, Maine.
In 1998 the dream of the Dow family sawing shingles was once again coming alive. Lyford’s son Jeffrey B. Dow, Sr. and his son Jeffrey B. Dow, Jr. started construction on
a new mill at 547 Mudgett Road in Corinth, Maine. Jeff Sr. had his own business in heavy truck and trailer repair for many years. Jeff Jr., fresh out of college and working at
General Electric in Bangor, decided to once again manufacture the very best and highest quality eastern white cedar shingles. For years they had received calls inquiring if the
family still make the best cedar shingles, so together they built a state–of–the–art saw mill, which included the use of laser and automated hydraulics. They also added sawn shakes.
Shakes are sawn the same way as shingles; they are just thicker and longer. They added the sawn shakes because customers were wanting top quality shakes for historical projects.
shakes were used on building way back in the early years of building construction. In the beginning the operation was just part–time, working together to saw out orders as they came in.
In 2002, with the mill growing more and more, they could not keep up with just a part–time operation. At that time Jeff Sr. decided to just focus on his heavy trucking business.
Jeff Jr. decided to leave General Electric and turn the mill into a full time operation. To keep up with the growing demand he added another machine, and 4 full–time employees.