Pixelle Paper’s Androscoggin mill in Jay which was rocked by an April explosion in the pulp digester announced that it would not resume pulping operations and would leave idle one of three paper machines at the mill. Layoff notices went to 67 employees, the third round of layoffs in a plant now with only 281 employees. Before the explosion the plant had 458 workers. Prior to 1990, when owned by International Paper there were about 1,500 employees. Alan Ulman, spokesman for told the Portland Herald that the decision is part of its long-term strategy to continue manufacturing specialty papers at the plant. The Jay mill makes bleached and natural kraft products for food packaging, pressure-sensitive release liners and labels, packaging tapes, insulation backing for building materials and wet-strength and grease-resistant products.
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