- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the chances of the shuttered Bucksport paper mill reopening are “little to none” and describes the company officials who closed the mill as “bottom feeders.”

The Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/1yIapCU ) reports LePage made his remarks Wednesday at a Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting in Augusta. His statements come a day after a federal judge denied a union’s request to block Verso Paper Corp.’s sale of the mill to Canadian metal recycler AIM Development.

LePage says he has no respect at all for the company and it should leave the state. The company also operates a mill in Jay.

Tennessee-based Verso closed the mill in December, saying it was no longer profitable. A company representative did not return a reporter’s phone call on Wednesday.

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