Welcome to the MPPA website. On these pages you can find information about our association, the Maine paper industry, the history of papermaking in Maine, and links to our member companies’ web pages.
Facts About Maine's Pulp and Paper Industry
Maine's paper industry has for decades been a major economic engine in rural Maine. Maine is the 2nd leading paper-making State by volume, producing more paper than any state other than Wisconsin. The industry is currently challenged by the nation's weak economy and overall reduction in product demand, but is poised to respond to more positive economic conditions.
Maine's paper production has consistently increased since 1990, and in recent years Maine has produced more paper than ever before.
Approximately 7,300 people in Maine are directly employed in pulp and paper manufacturing as of December 2011. Their average annual salary is more than $64,000, and comes with excellent benefits. This salary is nearly twice the average Maine per capita income. Direct statewide payroll in paper manufacturing in Maine in 2010 was reported by the Maine Department of Labor to be $473 million.
For each paper-manufacturing job in Maine 3.28 direct jobs are created for suppliers and contractors to the mills according to PriceWaterhouse Coopers. The paper industry indirectly supports tens of thousands of other jobs in the logging, transportation, retail and other fields -- an estimated 5 to 7 jobs are created for every job directly in a paper mill.
The paper industry produces more than 4% of the Maine's gross domestic product. The contribution of the industry is disproportionately high in the rural portions of the state.
Maine paper mills pay a significant portion of the local property tax. Most mills pay 60 to 80% of the municipal property tax in their town.