SKOWHEGAN – A Thursday afternoon tour at Sappi’s Somerset mill allowed legislators an inside look and to better understand the 750 employees needs.
“Gives us an understanding as to what were doing well in state government and what we can do better, a way to partner with these folks who are employing thousands of Mainers and ultimately tens of thousands when you get outside the gate, so this is an important part of Maine’s economy its an absolute staple and we wanted to get out, talk to the people and make sure that they know that we care and that they are an important part of Maines economy moving forward.” Mike Thibodeau, President of State Senate, State Legislature Visits Sappi
“It means a great deal to have Sappi and others in the community in our state providing these good paying jobs and we want to know how we can help to ensure that continues and really focus on workforce development, can we help with energy costs, taxes, property taxes for these mills, workforce training programs what can we do as a state to make sure we can really keep this Maine traditional industry right here growing and strong.” Mark Eves, Maine House of Representatives, State Legislature Visits Sappi
The pulp and paper industry is a staple to Maine’s economy, so the legislature hopes to grow the hallmark.
Senator Whittmore of the Skowhegan district says energy is at the top of the list of importance and need of to the mill.