Starting in the basement of his home, with his wood working tools and equipment, Kenneth Shown of Southbridge (MA) built a light manufacturing business from this home producing, yes, those big pine boxes. Caskets. Always in demand!
But the neighbors don´t particularly like it. As usual, it took a bit of a zoning challenge to obtain the blessing of the civic leaders on something like this. But it appears he’s on his way.
The local planning commission is allowing him to continue: with some caveats. He can’t hire employees, he has restricted hours he can perform the work and he must deal with the dust collection (among other things).
He plans to sell his product to funeral home directors as a low cost alternative to higher end coffins. Knock ’em dead Kenneth!