OLD TOWN – Nine Dragons Paper Company is bringing back 130 jobs to the Old Town area with the reopening of Old Town Mill.
Tuesday marked the grand reopening of the Old Town Mill which was purchased by Nine Dragons Paper Company last year.
The Chinese company has been working to get the mill up and running since October. After many months of production, today was the day.
“We were able to achieve this restart today. I feel very excited, and very grateful,” said Ken Liu. “Especially to our hard working and dedicated employees who devoted their lives to this project these past eight months.”
State officials, workers and their families came together to mark the accomplishment.
“We’re building a mill that the employees are proud to work in,” said an Old Town Mill employee.
“People feel good that there is something happening here. That it’s not empty anymore and they’re going to see activity and trucks going in and out,” said Senator Angus King.
“I think that’s a confidence builder for the community. Who knows what other spin off opportunities there will be,” he said.
Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, as well as Representative Jared Golden were there to turn the page on the next chapter in the town’s story.
Collins said the reopening will be an opportunity to come together and create a great future.
“The revitalization, the reopening of this mill sends a clear message that the forest products industry has the potential not just to survive, but to thrive,” said Collins.
One employee said it’s a lot more than just a new beginning for Old Town’s mill.
“It’s a new beginning for Nine Dragons Paper, a new beginning for the state and community, and a new beginning for all of us and our families. We’ve come a long way, and we still have a long way to go,” said an employee. “We can accomplish great things.”