BROOKLIN — WoodenBoat Publications has announced it will use paper from the Verso Paper mill in Jay for its two publications, WoodenBoat Magazine and Professional Boatbuilder Magazine.
Verso’s Androscoggin mill produces the 100-pound Liberty sheet that both magazines will use for their covers and the 45-pound sheet for the body of the magazines. This 10 percent recycled sheet achieves 10 percent post-consumer waste goals.
“We are happy to be able to use a Maine-based paper producer,” said Carl Cramer, publisher of both magazines, “and have been very happy with the quality of the Liberty sheet and its contribution to consumer recycling.”
WoodenBoat Magazine, now celebrating its 35th year, is an international publication dedicated to wooden boat owners, builders and designers. Professional BoatBuilder Magazine, now in its 20th year of publication, is written and edited for professional boat builders, repairers, designers and surveyors.
WoodenBoat’s decision comes as welcome news to Verso, which, like other paper producers around the state, has struggled in the current economic climate. Both Verso mills in Maine have taken downtime in recent months in response to the soft market conditions.
“We’re pleased that a Maine-based company, especially one of the quality of WoodenBoat, would select our product to print their magazine on,” said Verso spokesman Bill Cohen.
Cohen declined to comment on how much paper the mill will produce for WoodenBoat, noting that Verso does not discuss market information. He said, however, that the order from the publisher was good news for the company.
“Any order at any time helps,” he said.
WoodenBoat Magazine has a bimonthly circulation of approximately 85,000, and regularly prints about 150,000 copies of the magazine. Professional Boatbuilder has a controlled circulation of 27,000 copies.
According to Cramer, WoodenBoat shops around for paper suppliers every few years, and had been using paper from the West Linn mill in Oregon. When WoodenBoat moved the printing of the magazine to Vermont, he said, it made sense to look for a mill closer to the printer.
WoodenBoat began using Verso paper for the April-May issue of Professional Boatbuilder and with the May-June edition of WoodenBoat Magazine. Both magazines are printed by Lane Printing in Burlington, Vt.