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Red Shield restarts GP mill


May 22, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

OLD TOWN, ME — When Red Shield environmental took over the former Georgia Pacific mill, the company said it would …

OLD TOWN, ME — When Red Shield environmental took over the former Georgia Pacific mill, the company said it would not produce pulp or paper. But officials have changed their minds. They’re now getting ready to restart the pulp operations. The company wants to produce 200,000 tons of hardwood kraft market pulp each year.

Red Shield says it will need about 100 workers to do that. The company currently has close to 80 people operating a biomass boiler. But that’s still far short of the 400 people who were employed before the GP shut down last year.

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“We’re very anxious right from the top of the company with the partner with the people on the shop floor doing the actual labor work. We want to bring more people back into the facility. The sooner we can do that we better we’ll feel about it,” said Dan Bird from Red Shield.

Red Shield does not know when the pulp operation will start or when it will be ready to hire workers. It has secured insurance from the Finance Authority of Maine to back a $1.8 million dollar loan for the pulp production.

Source: WCSH6.com/Gannett Co.


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