The Jay mill closure will be a major blow despite its recent decline

By Michael Shepherd
Bangor Daily News
September 21, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

The announcement that the Jay paper mill would close in January and lay off 230 workers evoked the many closures that have hammered Maine’s paper industry over the past decade. This one is not like the others, but it remains a major blow on many levels. Both Jay and Livermore Falls were early centers of papermaking and the birthplace of International Paper in 1965. At its peak, it employed 1,500 people. It was the scene of a bitter 1987 strike against International Paper, which sold it in 2006. …Pennsylvania-based Pixelle Specialty Solutions bought it just two months before a catastrophic digester explosion in April 2020. Nobody was injured, but the workforce has shrunk as the mill pivoted and scaled back operations, idling one paper machine and declining to rebuild the damaged pulp mill. At the time, the mill’s pulp component made it an outsized part of Maine’s forest products industry, buying wood chips from sawmills and loggers.

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