- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

BAILEYVILLE, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage is heading to northern Maine to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for two new tissue machines at a pulp mill.

The Republican governor is applauding the $120 million investment by Grand Investment Corporation at St. Croix Tissue Inc. in Baileyville. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held there Friday.

LePage’s office says the first machine is expected to be up-and-running next fall. The company is planning to add 80 direct jobs and 200 indirect jobs, with hiring beginning next spring.

The governor is calling it the “largest single investment in Maine’s paper industry in decades.”

Declining demand for paper and other factors has devastated the state’s paper industry and forced several mills to shut down, including a Verso Paper mill in Bucksport that plans to close Dec. 1.

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