Steam rose from a smokestack at the Old Town pulp mill last week more than three years after the mill that used to employ nearly 200 workers went idle.
The mill’s new owner said it was firing up a package boiler for the first time since it bought the property in October 2018 and announced plans to reopen the pulp-making facility. The restart of the boiler marked an important step toward restarting the mill in the coming months, the owner said.
Chinese paper company Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd. has previously said it plans to have the Old Town mill running by the end of the first quarter of 2019. The facility will start producing unbleached wood pulp used in paper manufacturing once ND Paper updates equipment at the idled mill, said Ron Harriman, Old Town’s economic development director.
“This is one of the most important things to happen in Old Town in a long time,” he said. “They’re helping us to revitalize our community.”