From Augusta to Madawaska. Members of the LePage Administration were visiting the Twin Rivers paper mill on Thursday to learn about the mill’s operations, the market it serves, and the challenges it faces.
“We’re going to learn what their needs are, what their concerns are, and then we’re going to be able to help them take action to address those concerns,” said George Gervais, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Challenges for the mill right now are tough markets AND making sure the operation sustains itself according to Director of Marketing and Business Development Dave Deger. He says an open line of communication with this group is critical.
“Being more in tune and in touch and having personal relationships with the government officials can only help,” said Dave Deger, Director of Marketing and Business Management at Twin Rivers.
The group has visited a number of other Maine mills – including Old Town Fuel and Fiber and Sappi. According do Gervais the pulp and paper industry employs more than 7 thousand people in our state. And so the governor wants to support that. What makes this mill stand out according to Deger is its technical know-how and unique capabilities.
“We’re a specialty paper maker so we’re not doing a lot of what the other folks are doing,” said Deger.
“Vitally important that this mill stays alive..and we wanna see it thrive,” said Gervais.
This group is planning on visiting more Maine mills in the near future.