Maine’s Red Shield restart hailed

Posted Feb. 24, 2009, at 4:36 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Joining conservation advocates and representatives of the forest products industry to celebrate achievements in forest sustainability and the development of technologies, Gov. John Baldacci noted that the former Red Shield Acquisition operation, now known as Old Town Fuel & Fiber, is restarting its pulp facility.

That’s expected to put 90 workers back on the job, with an expected total of 170 workers to be employed in coming weeks.

Baldacci called it “a great day for Old Town and for the hardworking people of the community.”

In a statement on Tuesday’s event at the University of Maine, Baldacci said Maine’s forests support the state’s economy, quality of life, tradition and character.

According to the governor’s office, forest products contribute more than $10 billion to Maine’s economy and employ more than 19,000 people, while forest-based recreation contributes more than $1 billion and another 12,000 jobs.

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