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Report: Shortage of loggers and truckers hinders growth of $8.5B forest products industry

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A new report concludes that Maine faces a shortage of loggers and log truckers that will get worse — if wage growth does not occur — and could hinder the growth of the $8.5 billion forest...

Piscataquis County: The under-the-radar hot spot in Maine real estate

Maureen Milliken |

A combination of county-wide economic development, focus on destination tourism and low prices have boosted house sales in the sparsely populated region.

Twin Rivers appeals Madawaska’s denial of $100M abatement request

Twin Rivers Paper Co. has filed an appeal with the state challenging Madawaska’s denial of a $100 million abatement request on its assessed valuation.

Kennebec Land Trust cabins featured on TV are now available to rent

Maureen Milliken |

The renovation project was featured on "Maine Cabin Masters," and the trust hopes rent money from the eco-cabins will help maintain and improve the Wakefield Wildlife Santuary in West Gardiner.

Legislative committee advances Gov. Mills’ final cabinet nominee

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The Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry unanimously voted to advance Gov. Janet Mills nomination of Amanda Beal as commissioner of the Department of...

Hancock Lumber's Saco expansion is first new lumber yard since 2004

Maureen Milliken |

Hancock Lumber will build a lumber yard and kitchen design showroom on 11 acres in Saco, a project expected to be completed in spring 2020.

Eastport conveyor system trial could lead to export deal

The first use of the Port of Eastport’s bulk conveyor system is expected this spring.

Millwrights at Sappi’s Skowhegan mill ratify three-year contract

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Millwrights at Sappi North America Inc.’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan have ratified a new three-year contract that gives them a 3% raise in the first year.

Fire contained, Huhtamaki paper products plant reopens this morning

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A fire that broke out early Tuesday evening at the Huhtamaki paper products plant on the Waterville-Fairfield line is now contained and the plant is back in operation, according to several news...

Irving’s hiring forecast includes 300 for forest products jobs in Maine

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J.D. Irving Ltd. forecasts 7,500 full-time hires over the next three years, as well as more than 2,500 student hires across the company's operations in Canada and the United States.