Ralph Jellison of Orland was employed at Verso Paper when it closed in 2014. The married father of six was suddenly unemployed at 52 years old.
Maine's senior senator, Republican Susan Collins, asked Jellison to testify before the Senate Aging Committee.
The committee is hearing about the challenges faced by America's aging work force with hopes of coming up with solutions.
Jellison participated in a job retraining program at Eastern Maine Community College where he learned wood working.
He landed a job at Hinkley Yachts and today he works at GAC Chemicals in Searsport.
Senator Collins chairs the Senate Committee on Aging which has also released a new report on the opportunities and challenges older workers face in today's world.