The former Red Shield plant is set to open, with a new future and a new name…. 

Close to two-hundred displaced workers from the Red Shield plant in old town will soon be back to work.Some are already on the job.As Cori Skall explains, the folks involved hope that a new name, new financial backing, and new technology will bring new opportunities to people throughout the area.”Well, I’ve lived in Old Town my whole life,.a lot of families depend on it, the city depends on it, its just a wonderful opportunity.”For many in the Old Town area, the years have been tough, since the closure of the Red Shield paper plant last year.”These people have been on a roller coaster not only financially but emotionally…its been so difficult during these past two years, for all of them.”But there’s a new sense of optimism , as news of the plant’s reopening was made public at a conference on forest legacy this week.”We’ll be starting up a plant, next week, that’s probably uniquely configured to use Maine derived technology….in a facility that’s dependant on Maine woods, and dependent on highly skilled people from Maine to make a product that’s never been made any place else in the world.”Red Shield President, Dick Arnold, says the plant will incorporating cutting-edge technology, developed by the University of Maine, to venture in to the bio-fuel arena.And along with this new technology, a new name.Mill owner, Lynn Tilton, says the plant will be renamed, old town fuel and fiber, a nod to the town’s history with the plant.90 workers have already returned to the plant.And management says they hope to have 170 employees, within a few weeks.Cashman, who’s already returned to work, says she’s excited for the future.”I think we have a good future with the bio fuels, I think the mill’s here to stay, this time.”