MEDIA ADVISORY: Members of the LePage Administration to Visit Twin Rivers Paper Company Thursday, May 1

AUGUSTA - Several key members of the LePage Administration will visit with officials and employees at Twin Rivers Paper Company this Thursday, May 1. Twin Rivers is Aroostook County’s second largest private employer with more than 500 workers. Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner George Gervais, Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Commissioner Walter Whitcomb, and Senior Forest Products Advisor Rosaire Pelletier will tour the facility and meet with Twin Rivers CEO Timothy Lowe as well as other company officials.

Maine is currently producing as much pulp and paper as ever with about 7,300 people employed across the state. “The paper industry is alive and well with new investments currently being made in technology and state of the art products meaning more jobs for Maine people,” said DECD Commissioner George Gervais.

“Governor LePage charged us with learning from local experts about the conditions that impact production at Twin Rivers and other Maine mills to see how we can further support Maine jobs,” said DACF Commissioner Walter Whitcomb. “Our agency is a key partner in helping grow and harvest the fiber resources in Maine that help fuel local economies like Madawaska.”

The meeting at Twin Rivers is the latest in a series of recent visits to Maine paper mills. Members of the LePage Administration have already visited: Old Town Fuel and Fiber, Woodland Pulp, and Sappi. Visits to Maine’s other mills will be scheduled in the near future.

“The Department of Labor is committed to helping Maine’s employers by providing the information and services they need to operate efficiently. We also partner with them to ensure high levels of workplace safety and avoid costly injuries and fines through our SafetyWorks Program,” said Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette. “Together we can continue to make Maine a great place to work and do business.”

Media is encouraged to cover the event.

WHEN: 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 1

WHERE: 82 Bridge Avenue, Madawaska (Twin Rivers Paper Company)

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Media Contact: Doug Ray douglas.ray@maine.gov (207) 624-9802 Twin Rivers Paper Company: Dave Deger dave.deger@twinriverspaper.com (207) 523-2355