EAST MILLINOCKET – Katahdin Paper Co. held the grand opening of its East Millinocket mill Thursday afternoon.
The company, previously Great Northern Paper Inc., closed its doors in January, laying off 1,300 workers. The East Millinocket mill began making paper again with its new name on June 8 and is producing about 800 tons of paper a day, according to Billie Morrison, administrative assistant to the vice president of Katahdin Paper.
Around 390 workers will be employed at the East Millinocket mill.
The opening of the mill has created several more jobs, but the local economy is “still suffering,” Morrison said.
Dick Arnold, vice president and mill manager of Katahdin Paper, Gov. John Baldacci, and representatives from the offices of Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Rep. Mike Michaud spoke at the rainy opening and then toured the mill, according to Morrison.
The company’s sister mill in Millinocket remains closed at this time, Morrison said.