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Quebec firm buys northern lumber mill

A lumber mill that employs about 135 people in a small Aroostook County town has been purchased by wood-processing company Maibec, which is based in Quebec.

Aroostook County leads in Xmas tree sales

Aroostook County has been a leader in Christmas tree sales, not just for Maine, but the entire Northeast, according to federal data released earlier this year.

Watchdog files complaint against Plum Creek

Plum Creek Timberlands’ certification for sustainable logging practices is being challenged by an Oregon-based watchdog group seeking a nationwide investigation.

Old Town mill sale news met with optimism

This week’s announcement that Expera Specialty Solutions has reached an agreement to buy the Old Town paper mill has been met with optimism from paper industry officials and...

State official hints at possible sale of Old Town mill

A senior forest products adviser at the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is reporting that a buyer has been found for the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill that closed...

Four businesses open in Ashland, support 200 jobs

State and local officials were in Ashland Thursday to celebrate the opening of four forestry-based companies that will result in the creation of around 200 jobs.

Verso mill to close, lay off 570 workers

Verso Paper has abruptly announced that it will close its Bucksport mill and lay off about 570 workers by the end of the year, much to the surprise of local and state...

Sappi's Skowhegan mill seeks larger tax break

Sappi Fine Paper North America executives are seeking a lower tax valuation for their paper mill in Skowhegan after town assessors reduced it by nearly $100 million this...

Forest products industry puts $8 billion into Maine's economy

James McCarthy |

At quick glance, the aerial view of Maine's forest products industry looks pretty much the same now as it did 20 years ago.