PORTLAND (WGME) – Two mills, one in Jay and one in Westbrook, are laying off workers, company officials announced Thursday.
Sappi in Westbrook is permanently shutting down one of its paper machines and laying off 75 people.
The company says the shutdown and layoffs will take effect by the end of the year.
They also hope to offer jobs to some of the people who are laid off at other Sappi facilities.
Dana Doran with the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine says the ripple effect will go far beyond the initial 75 layoffs.
“So if you translate that to jobs, it’s about 100 jobs in the industry, so there are a lot of families who rely upon, rely on that mill,” Doran said.
About 260 people work at the Westbrook mill.
According to the Associated Press, mills in Cloquet, Minnesota, and Skowhegan, Maine, will pickup the base paper production.
In addition, Pixelle Specialty Solutions is laying off 59 employees at its Jay mill, effective July 13.
The move comes three months after a massive explosion there stopped pulp manufacturing.