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#MBNext16: Charlotte Mace is driven to cement Maine's place in a biobased future

James McCarthy |

The closure of five paper mills and two biomass power plants in Maine since 2013 hits close to home for Charlotte Mace, executive director of Biobased Maine. Both of her grandfathers worked at the...

Rebranding a mill town: National monument creates fresh hope for Millinocket region

James McCarthy |

“We've been working very hard to get people onboard in seeing the positive side of attracting more tourists to this region. But I've talked to no one in this region who thinks the only thing...

Organic waste reuse company's Unity expansion touts job creation

Staff |

Thirty new jobs and $4 million in economic investment will be coming to Unity, following the announcement by Canadian-based Envirem Organics that it plans to open its first U.S. facility in the town.

UMaine, USM receive $116K for forest product support

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The University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine will receive a $116,667 federal boost to continue providing technical assistance to...

Sappi NA recognized for economic efforts in Maine

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Boston-based Sappi North America, a producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products with two mills in Maine, was honored with a ”Champion of Economic Development Award”...

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...