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Georgia-Pacific to Shut Old Town, ME MIll

March 22, 2006 - The Bangor Daily News reported that Georgia-Pacific is shutting down its Old Town pulp mill in Old Town, Maine. The mill employs about 400 workers.

Maine Gov. John Baldacci said his administration and GP would make a joint effort to sell the mill.

GP said it will cease pulp and tissue manufacturing and associated tissue shipping operations at the mill immediately.

The company said it will keep the mill in working order for 60 days while a buyer is sought.

Also affected: four woodchip mills that supply raw material to Old Town. They are in Costigan, Milo, Portage and Houlton. Combined, they employ about 30 people.

Ted Sapoznik, president - Paper for GP, said in a statement that the Atlanta-based company is working with the state to find a new buyer. "While the Old Town mill may not fit into the future plans for [GP], we have been working to make a transition. We are anticipating finding a buyer who is ready to work with us and expand this business in Old Town."

GP is owned by Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc.

SOURCE: The Bangor Daily News, and other industry sources




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