- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

READFIELD, Maine (AP) - The former owners of a Maine manufacturing company have donated 342 acres of woodlands, streams and wetlands to a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation efforts.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2fW8QLO ) the owners of the Saunders Manufacturing Company, John Rosmarin, his wife, Lisa Rosmarin, and their two daughters, donated the forestland that borders the factory to the Kennebec Land Trust earlier this month.

The owners sold the Readfield-based company to a Chicago holding company earlier this year.

The Monmouth couple says they felt that preserving the land would be consistent with the wishes of Joseph Saunders, who died in 2014 after founding Saunders Manufacturing with his father in 1947.

The donated land will be known as the Rosmarin and Saunders Family Forest. A formal dedication ceremony is slated for 2017.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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