ABOUT 200 EMPLOYEES ARE EXPECTED TO BE OUT OF WORK…WHEN THE MILL CLOSES FOR GOOD.
LOCAL RESOURCE PROVIDERS MET ON WEDNESDAY TO FIND WAYS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE SHUT-DOWN.
FOR MANY IN THE MILLINOCKET AREA, THE CLOSING OF THE KATAHDIN PAPER MILL MEANS A VERY UNCERTAIN FUTURE…WORKERS ARE LEFT WITH QUESTIONS THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER…
":The community really right now is at a wits end because this has been going on for several months and the concern for the people that are working is when they will actually hear what the outcome is going to be when they will actually be separated from their job.":
WHEN MORE LAY-OFFS WILL HAPPEN AND IF THE MILL WILL EVER RE-OPEN IS STILL UNCLEAR…
MEANTIME, A TRANSITION TEAM IS TRYING TO HELP WORKERS, PUTTING PROGRAMS IN PLACE TO PREPARE THEM FOR WINTER AND HELP THEM FIND NEW JOBS…BUT EVEN WITH TRAINING, IT COULD BE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO FIND WORK IN THE AREA.
":One problem we have in the Katahdin region for economic development reasons is when people train for new positions, more often than not they have to leave the region to get a job that they’ve been trained to do.":
":Mill workers are not the only ones hurt by the closing… The whole area will feel the effects.":
":The mill has been the #1 employer in this region for 100 years as that slowly gets taken away you look at how it effects the community, how does it effect the budget to operate the community, how does it effect the budget to operate the school system… So directly or indirectly the whole entire tri-town community is effected by what happens with the paper mill this time.":
THE TRANSITION TEAM ESTIMATES THAT 75 PERCENT OF THE TOWN WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE CLOSING… WITH SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, THEY SAY THE BEST THING FOR MILL WORKERS TO DO, IS CONCENTRATE ON PREPARING FOR WINTER.
IN AN EFFORT TO HELP WORKERS PREPARE FOR WHATEVER IS TO COME, THE TRANSITION TEAM IS HOLDING A MEETING TONIGHT FROM FOUR TO EIGHT.
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