MILLINOCKET, Maine — Keith Van Scotter might move, but he won’t leave.
The co-owner of Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC of Lincoln placed his Autumn Lane house off Center Pond Drive and Center Pond up for sale on Monday because he is considering moving to the Bangor area to be closer to his son, Van Scotter said.
Kyle Van Scotter, 23, is studying to be a veterinary technician at University College of Bangor, and moving closer to his son would be helpful, the elder Van Scotter said.
“I’m not sure what we will do, but we might get a place in Bangor. As much as anything else, we are testing the market,” the elder Van Scotter said Tuesday. “If we don’t like how it is, we will just take the house off the market. It’s a good time to do this, because it’s nothing that we have to do.”
With John Wissmann, then-managing partner at Fisher International in South Norwalk, Conn., the former manager at Fraser Papers’ Edmundston, New Brunswick, mill came to Lincoln in 2004 and helped resurrect the abandoned Eastern Pulp and Paper Corp. site off Katahdin Avenue.
Since then, Van Scotter and his partner have been accorded almost heroic status, given that the mill employs about 400 people and is the cornerstone of the Lincoln Lakes economy — though both usually take pains to share the credit.
The more outspoken of the two, Van Scotter also has become an advocate for his business and industry, occasionally and sharply criticizing state and federal government energy policies for hindering Maine competitiveness, among other things.
And with all of that comes scrutiny, particularly with his industry being hammered by the international recession, Van Scotter acknowledged as he disclosed his housing plans.
The for-sale sign applies only to his house, not LP&T or his commitment to it.
“Like I tell people, when I started in this business, I had nothing, and I’ve still got most of it,” he said. “I like the business. One of these days, I want to make some money with it.”