Pendse speaks with WABI about Maine’s pulp production future

Hemant Pendse, director of UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about the recent sale of the Old Town mill. The institute has a research center in the mill’s warehouse, which city officials say will remain on the property, the Associated Press reported. In June, ND Paper LLC bought the Rumford paper mill announcing plans to invest millions of dollars in the site. Now, the company is increasing its presence in the state by purchasing the Old Town pulp mill that closed its doors three years ago, WABI reported. “Maine’s future in pulp production is still bright,” Pendse said. “The market in the craft pulp area are coming back. The quality of the pulp they make in Old Town, I think, can compete globally, and recent changes in wood supply availability in the Old Town region are positive right now.” Mainebiz, Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News also reported on the sale of the mill. U.S. News & World Report carried the AP article.