October 20: The Bucksport Mill Closure

The recent closure announcement has triggered a lot of local discussion about what happened, what can (or should) be done to mitigate the impact on the mill’s employees, families and local community, and lessons we can learn and should apply going forward.

We’ll discuss this topic at our next Beyond Labels meeting on October 20.

3 thoughts on “October 20: The Bucksport Mill Closure”

  1. Butler Smythe sent along the following comments/links:
    To support discussion next week in regard to Bucksport and the Paper Mill Closure – what is Bucksport’s future?
    The following websites may be of interest. There is a lot of information out there and a lot for Maine to be concerned about….
    Some of the information on the sites is generally informational on the industry itself but in the broad picture implies that the State of Maine needs to start acting for its future and the future of its workers and businesses.

    Note in the following the “diverse” attitudes from the art of “thinking to the future and other options than paper to – how do we continue to do the same thing we’re doing now (paper).
    1. http://www.wgme.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/governor-candidates-release-plans-deal-closure-verso-paper-mill-24333.shtml
    2. http://www.versopaper.com
    3. http://www.pulpandpaper.org
    4. http://cpbis.gatech.edu/data/mills-online-new?state=Maine
    5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_and_paper_industry_in_the_United_States
    6. http://seekingalpha.com/symbol/VRS

    1. Though not Bucksport, this is indicative of the Paper Industry in Maine and elsewhere. Few are owned by people that work the mills every day… Investment companies and the like may keep them open, but with heavy hands – and Risk. More discussion at the meeting.
      Millinocket was another owned by an investment company (of sorts). Another owned by a Chinese Investment firm.

      http://bangordailynews.com/2014/08/15/business/are-hopes-for-a-fairy-tale-turnaround-lost-at-old-town-fuel-fiber/

  2. To support discussion next week in regard to Bucksport and the Paper Mill Closure – what is Bucksport’s future?
    The following websites may be of interest. There is a lot of information out there and a lot for Maine to be concerned about….
    Some of the information on the sites is generally informational on the industry itself but in the broad picture implies that the State of Maine needs to start acting for its future and the future of its workers and businesses.

    Note in the following the “diverse” attitudes from the art of “thinking to the future and other options than paper to – how do we continue to do the same thing we’re doing now (paper).
    1. http://www.wgme.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/governor-candidates-release-plans-deal-closure-verso-paper-mill-24333.shtml
    2. http://www.versopaper.com
    3. http://www.pulpandpaper.org
    4. http://cpbis.gatech.edu/data/mills-online-new?state=Maine
    5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_and_paper_industry_in_the_United_States
    6. http://seekingalpha.com/symbol/VRS

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