Maine Senator Doug Thomas (R-Ripley); Everett O'Neill, GPN's Vice President of Operations and Manufacturing, and Maine Senate President Kevin Raye (R-Perry)
EAST MILLINOCKET - Maine Senate President Kevin Raye (R-Perry) and Senator Doug Thomas (R-Ripley) visited the Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket on Tuesday, June 5th, where they toured the mill and met with representatives of Cate Street Capital.
Raye and Thomas
also visited for a first-hand look at the site on the campus of the closed Millinocket mill where Thermogen Industries plans to create jobs manufacturing torrefied wood pellets.
The Thermogen proposal received a boost in May when Raye and Thomas
successfully included an amendment to the state budget that makes the project eligible for participation in Maine's
New Markets Capital Investment Program (NMCIP).
The amendment pushed by Raye and Thomas
this year increased the cap for the program from $10 million to $40 million, which will encourage Cate Street Capital
to make an investment in the project through its Thermogen Industries
"Cate Street really did create a dual opportunity," said Senator Thomas.
"Making use of the idled Millinocket paper mill property as a wood-product manufacturing facility is a great idea, a natural fit, and a boost to a town sorely in need of new jobs," said Senator Thomas.
Everett O'Neill, GNP's Vice President of Operations and Manufacturing, took Raye and Thomas on a tour of the East Millinocket mill, and then the Senators visited Millinocket with Cyr and other company officials.