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Report: Maine's forest economy fell $1.3B since 2014

James McCarthy |

The total economic impact of Maine's forest products industry fell from $9.8 billion in 2014 to $8.5 billion in 2016, according to a new report released Monday by the Maine Forest Products Council at...

Report: Maine loggers contribute $882M to state economy

James McCarthy |

The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine today released a comprehensive study showing Maine's logging industry contributed an estimated $882 million to the state's economy in 2014.

Sappi North America launches paper inspired by shark skin

James McCarthy |

Boston-based Sappi North America, which has two mills in Maine, has launched a “first of its kind” casting and release paper inspired by the texture of shark skin, which creates surfaces...

Maine reacts to the opening of $120M St. Croix Tissue mill

Local and state officials were joined by industry leaders in celebrating the formal opening of the St. Croix Tissue mill in Baileyville on Tuesday — the culmination of a $120 million project.

UMaine, Twin Rivers Paper 'cross-pollinate' R&D

James McCarthy |

Twin Rivers Paper Co., a specialty paper company that announced in June it will invest $12 million to upgrade its Madawaska paper mill, is moving its research and development operations from Montreal...

Federal team begins assessment of struggling forest products industry

James McCarthy |

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine and representatives from several federal agencies kicked off a three-day Economic Development Assessment Team visit...

Maine Audubon hires L.L.Bean exec for deputy director post

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Maine Audubon has announced that L.L.Bean executive and former Maine Audubon board member and chairman Andrew Beahm will be assuming the post of deputy director of the wildlife and conservation...

Sappi approves $25M investment at Somerset Mill in Skowhegan

James McCarthy |

Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products with two mills in Maine, is moving forward with a $25 million capital project to update the woodyard...

Industry insiders, lawmakers meet to chart future of biomass in Maine

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A bipartisan panel of local lawmakers and industry experts met for the first time in Augusta this week to discuss what actions can be taken to assist Maine's struggling biomass industry in the wake...

Feds deliver $7.7 million to diversify Maine's economy

James McCarthy |

The federal government is providing $7.7 million in federal grants to help diversify Maine's economy in the wake of the closure of five pulp and paper mills since 2011.