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Prior to closing, the Old Town mill manufactured 155,000 metric tonnes of bleached hardwood kraft pulp annually. At the time of the purchase, ND Paper said it ex- pected the facility to ultimately produce 275,000 tonnes of unbleached pulp per year. “After millions of capital invested to restart the Old Town facility, the mill is currently producing unbleached kraft pulp for use as a raw material primarily in packaging papers,” said ND spokesman Brennan Burks “ND Paper is planning additional investments in the future to further in- crease production output and optimize operations.” The mill currently has 155 employees. AF&PA Releases March 2021 Packaging Papers Monthly Report AF&PA has released its March 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. Total packaging pa- pers & specialty packaging shipments in March increased three percent compared to March 2020. They were up three percent when compared to the same three months of 2020. In addition: • The operating rate was 91.0 percent, down 2.2 points from March 2020 and up 0.6 points year-to-date. • Mill inventories at the end of March decreased 10,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 6,000 short tons compared to March 2020.

in people, new process and better products to serve an ever-evolving marketplace — is a sign of future success. It’s one of the things that attracted me to ND Paper,” said Hogan, who is a native of Auburn and graduated from the University of Maine with mechanical engineering degree.

ND Paper LLC, an Illinois-based subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd. of China, purchased the mill and 100 acres of property in Old Town for an undisclosed price in the fall of 2018. The plant reopened in August 2019. It had previously been shuttered since 2015, after beginning operations in 1860 as a sawmill and moving into pulp production in 1882.

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