June 24, 2018
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Paper machine up and running in East Millinocket mill, production catch up over next two weeks

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Great Northern Paper Co. LLC’s No. 6 paper machine was back online Friday afternoon and has some catching up to do, according to a company official.

The machine, called “Katahdin,” shut down early Tuesday afternoon because of a break in one of the fabric guides that help feed paper onto the giant roll, company CEO Richard Cyr said Thursday afternoon. Then a worker noticed that several of the old brackets holding the roll in place were fractured. Those brackets had to be replaced.

“Katahdin,” which is about the size of a football field, was up and running sometime before noon Friday, according to Cyr.

Repairs cost the company about $20,000, and three days without production left the machine about 1,200 tons behind, Cyr said. The machine will make up for that deficit over the next two weeks, according to the company. Cyr has said shipments likely would be delayed by a couple of days, but should soon get back on track.

As the town’s largest employer, the mill has 257 workers and two paper machines.

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