Press Release: The Maine Forest Products Council Applauds Sappi’s $418 million Expansion Announcement

Today Sappi announced plans to invest $418 million at the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan to convert Paper Machine #2 to produce solid bleached sulfate board and expand production from 240,000 tons to 470,000 tons annually. This announcement comes on the heels of a $400 million expansion announcement at LP Building Solutions Houlton facility just over a week ago.

“Investments in the forest products sector are investments in rural Maine communities,” said Patrick Strauch, Executive Director of the Maine Forest Products Council. “The Forest Products Council applauds Sappi’s continued support of the Somerset Mill, and for planning ahead to remain competitive in current and future markets. This investment will have a tremendous impact on the industry, and the many families who rely on the facility for employment.”

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About MFPC: Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. The MFPC represents the diverse needs of Maine’s forest products community. Our members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters and lumber processors, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives. We feel we represent anyone who has an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource.

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