EAST MILLINOCKET — A Maine businessman is the latest person to step up with a plan to buy and reopen two shuttered paper mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket.

Galen Hale of Medway is going to present his plan to the staff of Gov. Paul LePage today.

The current owner of the East Millinocket and Millinocket paper mills, Brookfield Asset Management, is planning to sell the equipment if a new buyer is not found by the end of the month.

The East Millinocket mill closed in April. The Millinocket mill closed in 2008.

Hale tells WLBZ-TV he would restart the East Millinocket mill first. He says it could cost up to $30 million, but would create as many as 200 jobs.

Two other groups are also eying the mills.

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