Red Shield 

Outside the courtroom, the head of Red Shield said he’s within days of signing a deal to re-open the mill in Old Town.

A federal judge in Bangor finalized the company’s plan to borrow 1.2 million dollars.

That’ll cover payroll, health insurance and other bills through July.

More than 160 workers have been off the job since June, 28 remain at the mill to keep it ready for start-up.

Ed Paslawski says he’s confident everyone will return soon.

Paslawski says he’s not planning to sell the mill to pay off the debts, though there have been some unsolicited offers.

He says once investors are in place, it’ll take about four days to re-start the facility.