Agriculture was supplemented by forestry, but since the mid 20th century, farming has greatly diminished. J.D. Irving Ltd operates a softwood sawmill in Saint-Léonard and a hardwood mill a few kilometres northwest of the town at Veneer, an informally-named site. Additional employment is found at the pulp mill in EDMUNDSTON and the food-processing plant in GRAND FALLS. The Madawaska Weavers produce their well-known textiles here in both a central location and as a cottage industry. The town is a border crossing point directly across the river from Van Buren, Maine, and is the site of a regional airport.
Author BURTON GLENDENNING
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