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Old 05-31-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: suburban Bangor
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MaineToday.com | News Update: Paper mill closing will leave 208 jobless

Paper mill closing will leave 208 jobless
By The Associated Press wire report May 29, 2008 05:43 PM

MILLINOCKET - Katahdin Paper Co. LLC says it's closing its Millinocket paper mill, putting about 208 people out of work.
Hasn't this changed somewhat to "Unless they can find an alternate energy source within 60 days"? What are their prospects? Some cynics suggest they are planning a major screwing of the Maine taxpayer, and that this is also timed to coincide with wage negotiations, but I don't doubt that KPC has legitimate concerns.
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Central NH
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We too, here in NH, have experienced several paper mills closing down in the last couple of years. Over a 1000 jobs have disappeared.
Most recently a company has bought a closed paper mill in Berlin. They are after the hugh boiler in the plant. They are converting it to a biomass power plant. They will also pipe steam to another paper plant in Gorham needed for their continued production.
The biomass plant won't employ near the numbers that the paper mill did but it will help keep loggers and truckers busy with wood chips. It will also provide the area with a lot of electricity from a renewable source.
Maybe something like this could happen in Maine as well.
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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We too, here in NH, have experienced several paper mills closing down in the last couple of years. Over a 1000 jobs have disappeared.
Most recently a company has bought a closed paper mill in Berlin. They are after the hugh boiler in the plant. They are converting it to a biomass power plant. They will also pipe steam to another paper plant in Gorham needed for their continued production.
The biomass plant won't employ near the numbers that the paper mill did but it will help keep loggers and truckers busy with wood chips. It will also provide the area with a lot of electricity from a renewable source.
Maybe something like this could happen in Maine as well.
Great idea..... are you listening in Augusta??
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Old 05-31-2008, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Maine
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The biomass plant won't employ near the numbers that the paper mill did but it will help keep loggers and truckers busy with wood chips. It will also provide the area with a lot of electricity from a renewable source.
Maybe something like this could happen in Maine as well.
There's a biomass plant an hour or so from me. Pellets for pellet stoves is the up and coming thing now.

Unless there are drastic money changes and meeting in the middle look for mills to shut down in the next 12 months.
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Old 05-31-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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The mill in Berlin, NH and the Millinocket mill are both operated by the same company. That's Fraser Paper which in turn is owned by Noranda out of Canada. Fraser owns the Berlin mill outright and they just manage the mill in Millinocket.
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:41 AM
 
Location: some where maine
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that millhas changed hands so many times and every one who gets it runs it into the ground a little more.they could keep them mills open if they wanted to spend some money on convertions.look at sappi in skowhegan they have spent millions. their oil consumption has dropt consideralby in the last 5 or so years.
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Central NH
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The mill in Berlin, NH and the Millinocket mill are both operated by the same company. That's Fraser Paper which in turn is owned by Noranda out of Canada. Fraser owns the Berlin mill outright and they just manage the mill in Millinocket.
Actually, Fraser sold the mill to North Americam Dismantling Co. who bought the mill for the salvage rights. They in turn have sold it to Laidlaw Energy Group LLC out of NY. Laidlaw will open the plant as Laidlaw Berlin BioPower. The plant is expected to burn 700,000 tons of wood chips and produce 60 megawatts of renewable energy. One of the largest plants of it's kind in the US.
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I guess my Berlin data was a little out of date. I can't keep up with the changes in the paper industry as I used to when I was in the industry.

Regarding Millinocket, you can't build a biomass steam plant in 60 days. You can't even get a building permit in 60 days because the environmental industry will fight you every step of the way. Even if it's approved the greens will likely appeal and then it fights its way through the courts.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:58 AM
 
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i am interested in knowing if Laidlaw bioPower got their BioMass Plant up and
running.

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Old 08-15-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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Wisconsin is the biggest paper state in the north,mills are shutting down all over here
because the companies that own them(many not US firms)are trying to keep supply down in the face of asian price compitition.Whether any individual plant is profitable or not
is is irrelevant to the overall buisness model.
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