For the first time since 2009 a guide to the White Mountains is being printed on paper produced in the North Country.
For the first time in more than a decade a paper plant in Gorham – once thought to be dead - is hiring workers.
NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
Just over a year ago a New York investment firm, Patriarch Partners, bought the closed Gorham paper mill and promised a new future.
The Gorham facility was the last paper plant standing in the North Country and many doubted Patriarch’s CEO, Lynn Tilton, could make a go of it where others had failed.
Switching to natural gas at the Gorham Paper and Tissue mill cost about $5.4 million but paid for itself in about four months, says Willis Blevins, the general manager of the plant.
Last year the company made the change from heating oil.
The goal was to reduce the enormous energy cost that Blevins says was always a problem when it came to making the plant consistently profitable.
The new owner, Patriarch Partners, was willing to make the investment the previous owner was not.
The Center for Public Integrity has a new report on pollution problems in New England including the Old Town Fuel & Fiber, which is owned by the same company as Gorham Paper and Tissue.
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