BUCKSPORT, Maine — David Warren was one of the last workers laid off when Verso Paper shut down its mill here five years ago, eliminating more than 500 jobs.
Earlier this year, the 64-year-old former mill maintenance worker began a new chapter in his life by opening a business on Main Street, Warren’s Waterfront Restaurant.
“The town wasn’t doing all that bad when the mill closed, and it hasn’t changed much since,” Warren said during a break from washing dishes in the kitchen. “It has gained a little bit.”
A half decade after Bucksport lost its major employer, a number of signs point toward a gradual rebound — and show how far the town still has to go.