Lincoln Mill Layoffs 

Another paper mill is forced to make cut-backs to weather the economic storm. Lincoln Paper and Tissue has announced plans to temporarily layoff 17 employees, cut-back the hours of maintenance workers, and lower the salaries of others by 15 percent.The global pulp and paper market has gone through a sharp economic downturn, and it’s really hitting home here in Maine.”We’ve seen it in the past and we’ll see it now.”Temporary layoffs and cut-backs were just announced for Lincoln Paper and Tissue, and some people fear the worst is yet to come.”Do you think it’s really gonna effect this area?” TV5 asked a concerned citizen, “Yup, sure is, look at Millinocket.” he replied.Years ago the Lincoln mill was on the brink of closing. Keith Vanscotter, the CEO, bought the mill and saved it. He says these layoffs and cut-backs are temporary. They’re scheduled to last 3 months, and Vanscotter hopes it’s even less. Some in the community think it’s a smart move. “Right now we’re hoping it’s more of a preventative measure that they’re taking. I think it’s a wise choice on their part in view of what the market is right now.” Says Larry Smart, owner of Smart’s True Value in Lincoln.The effects of mill layoffs radiate throughout the community. Local businesses are likely to feel the pinch as well.”It will have an effect on us because the money is short anyway, and this is just gonna add to it.” Says Nancy Kilbride, a cashier at Lincoln’s Steaks N’Stuff.”With their loss of income it most definitely, I’m thinking, will effect our business personally.” Sean Sibley, a worker at Pat’s Pizza, explains.The Governor’s office is staying positive because the layoffs are only temporary, and say they ‘will continue to work with the mill to help the effected workers.’ Overall, the community is trying to make the best of it and come together.”Short term I don’t think it will be devastating. Last time this happened to the mill, when they closed we found that people were taking the time to do some things at home, while they had a chance. So I’m hoping maybe this time it might be the same.” says Smart.”People in Lincoln are very supportive, very supportive, from the kids all the way up.” adds Kilbride.