Six of the major pulp and paper mills operating in Maine belong to the Maine Pulp & Paper Association. These include the following:
Cascades Auburn Fiber is a 200 TPD facility manufacturing market deinked wetlap pulp used in the production of post-consumer based papers throughout Eastern Canada and Northeastern United States. The Auburn facility has 45 employees, with a capacity to produce 220 tons/day of deinked wetlap pulp. The plant was built in 1995, and acquired by Cascdes in 1998.
Lincoln Paper and Tissue bought and restarted the former Eastern Pulp and Paper Mill in Lincoln in 2004. The mill dates back to the late 1800s. In 2006 Lincoln Paper and Tissue built Maine’s first 21st century paper machine. Lincoln Paper and Tissue is the largest producer of specialty deep-dyed and bonded tissue in the United States. Their products are used by party goods producers, airlines, and food service companies to create napkins, towels, table covers, and other specialty products.
The Old Town Fuel & Fiber Mill was originally built in 1883, but it may be the prototype for the mill of the future. Owned since 2008 by Patriarch Partners, Old Town Fuel & Fiber is working with the University of Maine to produce energy and biofuels as byproducts of the core pulp manufacturing process. Among the biofuels the mill is working to develop is jet and helicopter fuel.
Sappi Fine Paper North America owns Maine’s newest and largest papermaking facility, the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan. The mill produces quality coated paper that is primarily used for high-end magazines, books and catalogs. Sappi Fine Paper North America also owns the Westbrook Mill, which has been producing paper for more than 150 years. The Westbrook mill now focuses on a niche product–the production of release paper that imparts a pattern on fabrics, automobile dashboards, footwear and soccer balls.
The UPM-Madison mill specializes in supercalendered paper, which imparts gloss by buffing the paper rather than adding a coating. The paper is used in catalogs, newspaper inserts, and the New York Times magazine. UPM, which in 2011 acquired the Madison mill, is known as the Biofore Company. Bio stands for future orientation, sustainable solutions and good environmental performance. Fore stands for forest and the company’s position at the forefront of development.
Woodland Pulp operates the Woodland mill in Baileyville, where it makes dried market pulp for sale world-wide. The pulp is in high demand due to its quality: much of it is exported from the port at Eastport.