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Governor Visits Baileyville Mill to Mark New Maine Investment and Jobs
August 30, 2016
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – On Tuesday, Governor Paul R. LePage met with officials from St. Croix Tissue, Inc. in Baileyville to help mark the completion of two new tissue machines and the start of its official operation this week.
St. Croix Tissue, Inc., which has recently created 80 new jobs and currently employs 400 Mainers plans to hold a grand opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday.
Governor LePage traveled to China twice to meet personally with the investors, which resulted in productive meetings.
“IGIC, the company that invested heavily in Maine, as well as the workers, contractors and officials from our Administration who have been working to achieve this accomplishment should be proud of their hard work and the jobs they have brought to Washington County,” said Governor LePage.
However, the LePage Administration recognizes the challenges the company currently faces noting how it is instructive for the entire forest products industry. “We must understand what encouraged a company to make this initial $120 million investment in Maine, we must address the high-cost issues facing the industry and we must build on these factors to create an economic environment for additional job creation in our state,” said the Governor.
Nearly six years ago, when IGIC purchased the mill, the company saw a long-term opportunity in converting it from a costly pulp mill to an internationally competitive facility. First, the plan required creating an integrated tissue facility and shift from a pulp market that was in decline to a tissue product that has shown stable long-term growth.
“If we truly listen to the economic message of IGIC and implement the pro-growth strategies, we can successfully modernize Maine’s forest-products industry,” said Governor LePage.