BUCKSPORT — Two papers mills in Maine are getting more work after their corporate owner decided to permanently close a Minnesota paper mill that has been shut down since it was gutted in a fatal Memorial day explosion and fire.

Memphis-based Verso Paper Corp. says it will transfer work that was previously done at its plant in Sartell, Minn., to its Maine mills, in Bucksport and Jay.

Company spokesman Bill Cohen said some of the production at the Minnesota plant had already been shifted to Maine after the fire, and that the production transfers are now being made permanent.

Cohen said the increased paper production in Jay and Bucksport will not result in more jobs.

 

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