Polycor's Jay Quarry donates granite from the quarry to help with the construction of the Western Maine Play Museum.

Maine quarry to donate materials to children’s museum

By |  August 12, 2016
Polycor plans to donate materials from its North Jay White Quarry in Jay, Maine, to the Western Maine Play Museum. Photo courtesy of Polycor.

Polycor plans to donate materials from its North Jay White Quarry in Jay, Maine, to the Western Maine Play Museum. Photos courtesy of Polycor.

A Polycor Inc. quarry is stepping up to help a local museum in need.

The company’s North Jay White Quarry in Jay, Maine, plans to contribute to the Western Maine Play Museum in Wilton, Maine, by donating materials for the construction of the museum.

“I saw an article in a local newspaper and read that the museum needed money and donations for its construction,” says Matthieu Forget, project manager at Polycor. “I contacted my boss about this, and he said we should meet with them to see what we could do for them.”

Forget met with Angela McLeod, board president at the Western Maine Play Museum, to find out how Polycor could help with the board’s plans. As a result of the conversations, Forget says, Polycor decided to donate $10,000 in granite materials to help the museum with a variety of projects, including the curbing for the parking lot, floor tiling in the kitchen, two bathrooms at the entrance and granite countertops at the front desk.

The Western Maine Play Museum is under construction and will likely be completed by spring 2017, Forget adds.

Photo courtesy of Polycor.

Nine of the 15 employees from the North Jay White Quarry.

Polycor operates 25 to 30 natural stone quarries across North America. The company has not owned its Jay, Maine-based quarry for very long, Forget says, as the company recently acquired it in May 2015.

“We’ve been in Jay for not even two years, so it’s of benefit for us to be proactive in the community,” he says. “We want to give back to the community. This museum is for the children, and I think it’s really good to give back to children, as they’re the next generation that will help us out.”

Although Polycor is new to the western Maine community, the North Jay White Quarry has been in operation for more than 100 years. Forget estimates the quarry has about 75 to 100 more years of reserves to mine.

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