ORONO - If you look around your neighborhood, you may notice several of the houses are sided with cedar shingles. Now a Maine company has developed a new type of "smart" shingle.
It may look like your average cedar shingle, but it's actually an Ecoshel, the first cedar shingle panels being manufactured in Maine.
CEO, Bryan Kirkey, teamed his company with University of Maine engineering students to come up with an efficient way to produce the panels.
UMaine's Advanced Manufacturing Center developed an automated system that can scan, optimize, and cut raw lumber to produce a shingle every second.
Ecoshel is set to have a new manufacturing facility in Ashland, supporting the state's forest products industry and the Northern Maine economy.
Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School. While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant. In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology. When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state. She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!