‘It’s a sad day.’ Workers react to Madison paper mill’s closure

‘It’s a sad day.’ Workers react to Madison paper mill’s closure


OR SOME TIME. THERE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MOVE ON.>>I HAVE SEEN IT IN THE PAST. IT IS WHAT IT IS. IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE A LOT OF BILLS. KYLE: NEWS OF THE PAPER MILL CLOSING WAS NOT NEWS TO ONE EMPLOYEE AMONG 200 LOSING THEIR JOBS.>>IT HAS AN IMPACT ON ALL THE BUSINESSES RELATED TO PAPER. KYLE: TOWN MANAGER TIM CURTIS SAYS IT IS A MOVE THEY ANTICIPATED.>>IT IS NOT REALLY A SURPRISE. WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE TRENDS IN THE BUSINESS. KYLE: THE MILL WAS PURCHASED IN 2010, AND FOUR YEARS LATER, THE BUSINESS THAT PAID 50% OF THE TOWN TAXES DROPPED TO 20%.>>WE HAVE TAKEN THE BIGGEST HIT. KYLE: LAWMAKERS ARE SPEAKING OUT ABOUT HOW HARD HIT THE STATE HAS BECOME.>>SEEING WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE INDUSTRY IN THE STATE, I AM HOPING FEDERAL DELEGATES WOULD TAKE A LOOK AND STEP BACK. KYLE THE TOWN MANAGER SAYS IT IS UNLIKELY ANYONE WILL TAKE OVER MAKING PAPER HERE, SO THE FACILITY WILL LIKELY BE SOLD.>>WE WILL SEE WHAT THEY OFFER US. I HAVE AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY. KYLE: THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAYS THEY WILL HELP EMPLOYEES AS THEY TRANSITION OUT OF THE JOB. AS FOR THE MIDDLE, THERE IS THE DAM THAT GENERATES ELECTRICITY. THAT COULD BE A PROFIT FOR THE COMPANY.

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