LINCOLN, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the administration will do everything it can to help 200 workers furloughed because of a boiler explosion last month at Lincoln Paper and Tissue.
The layoffs of roughly half the workforce will be for an indefinite length of time. LePage said Wednesday that the Labor Department’s rapid response team is assisting. Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette will attend a meeting Thursday scheduled by Lincoln Paper and Tissue officials.
Company President Keith Van Scotter blamed costs associated with last month’s boiler explosion at the mill. He told WABI-TV that furloughs were necessary for the “survivability of the business.”
LePage blamed part of the problem on a fine levied on the mill that he deems to be excessive. He didn’t elaborate on the “very aggressive penalty.”