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A sawmill opens in heart of South Jersey’s Pine Barrens

November 16, 2018

By Staff

Mullica Township, N.J. — When Colin McLaughlin cut white cedar deep in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, he’d truck it down to a North Carolina sawmill, losing money every mile the timber rolled south.

So McLaughlin, 47, of Pittsgrove, Salem County, doubled-down on a career gamble he took 12 years ago. First, he left a lucrative job as a union iron worker, trading skyrises in Philadelphia and Manhattan for a life of cutting trees in swamps and bogs. Now, McLaughlin and his wife, Debbie, are opening a sawmill in South Jersey. There are others in the state, but the McLaughlins’ mill may be the first to open in perhaps 80 years.

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