East Millinocket Goes Back to Work
EAST MILLINOCKET -- The mill in East Millinocket is making paper again.
After almost a half year of closure, pproximately 400 people have gone back to work at Katahdin Paper’s East Millinocket mill.
Great Northern Paper Company had closed its mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket in late December of 2002, filing for bankruptcy protection in early January, 2003. Recently purchased by Brascan Corporation and renamed to Katahdin Paper Company, at least some of the furloughed millworkers are back to work.
“They’re glad to be back,” said Glenn Saucier, the human resources manager for Katahdn Paper.
During the start up phase, Katahdin Paper Company workers began making 30 lb. newsprint on Sunday, June 8th. Before noon, the first roll of paper had been completed by the #6 machine.
Having stood idle through much of a hard winter, the machine required repairs and maintenance in order to bring it back on line.
The #5 machine, optimized for producing directory paper, was in production by Wednesday afternoon, Saucier said.
“The machines didn’t give us a real hard time,” said Saucier. “We hope they’re going to be running for a long, long time.”