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The closing of Pixelle Jay, Maine paper mill has been delayed

JAY, Maine (From news reports) -- Pixelle Specialty Solutions says it will keep its paper mill in Jay open a little longer than initially announced.

Jay Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere confirmed on Friday that the company sent the town and county a letter saying it intends to keep one machine up and running through the end of April 2023.

In September, the company said it would close the mill completely at the beginning of 2023.

Around 230 people are employed at the mill and will be affected by its closure. The mill makes up about 22% of the town of Jay's tax base, according to LaFreniere.

The facility has been a cornerstone of the Jay and Franklin County economies since it was opened in the 1960s.

SAPPI recently announced it will be making a significant investment in its Skowhegan mill and will expand production there.

The Maine Department of Labor's Rapid Response Team, in partnership with the RSU 73 Spruce Mountain Adult Education, is hosting a career resource fair on Dec. 5, 2022, for workers of the mill. The fair will also be open to the general public. It will run from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the RSU 73 Spruce Mountain Adult Education at 9 Cedar St. in Livermore Falls.

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