GO Lab Inc., a privately held building products company whose parent company is GO Logic in Belfast, recently received a key piece of its manufacturing infrastructure delivered by ship in Searsport.

The Dutch container ship Alamosborg, which arrived in Searsport the weekend of Feb. 20-21 and berthed at the Mack Point terminal, carried a lightly used production line from Germany. Once in place at GO Lab’s Madison plant (the former UPM paper mill), the machinery will be used to make wood fiber continuous insulation boards for the North American market.

Wood fiber insulation is produced in 15 facilities in Europe and has a track record of proven performance extending back two decades. GO Lab will be the first manufacturer of wood fiber loose fill (blown-in), batt, and board insulation in all of North America.

“The arrival of this equipment in Maine is a major step forward for GO Lab and our commitment to manufacturing high-performance, affordable, vapor-open, sustainable wood fiber insulation in America," GO Lab President Josh Henry said in a press release. "We’re eager to join Maine’s forest products industry and help offer a new destination for softwood chips once destined for paper mills.”

Homanit Building Materials GmbH & Co, "an enthusiastic early supporter of the project," based in Germany, offered the equipment to GO Lab at a discounted price to help expedite North American production of wood fiber insulation.

“The steadfast support of our investors and our key economic partners — including the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Maine Technology Institute (MTI) — have made this moment possible and the GO Lab team is grateful for their belief in the company and our mission,” Henry said.

GO Lab was founded in 2017 by GO Logic LLC of Belfast to develop and manufacture wood fiber insulation solutions for the residential and light-commercial construction markets. Wood fiber board, batt, and loose fill insulation products are an easy drop-in replacement for other insulations on the market.

Along with being high-performing, wood fiber insulation products are easy and safe to install, renewable, recyclable, nontoxic, and will have a negative carbon footprint. When manufactured here in America, GO Lab’s TimberHP product line will offer "the most comprehensive, above-grade solution on the market—cavity, continuous and blanket insulation made from one material, from one manufacturer," according to the press release.

GO Logic is an architectural and construction firm noted for its expertise in super-efficient Passive House design and construction. In its 2017 announcement of the GO Lab launch, the parent company said:

"The founding of GO Lab formalizes GO Logic’s longstanding partnership with chemist and materials engineer Joshua Henry, Ph.D. A former professor and researcher at Bates College and the University of Maine, Dr. Henry was an International Fellow of the National Science Foundation."

According to that announcement, the collaborations accomplishments then included:

• Patenting a Passive House-standard super-insulated slab foundation system now in use throughout the country,

• Bringing to market a groundbreaking panelized Passive House construction system, and

• Prototyping wood fiber-based insulation materials with cost and performance comparable to the fossil fuel-based products that now dominate the market.