OLD TOWN — A Maine paper mill that furloughed employees and suspended operations in August is rehiring 180 of the workers.

WZON-AM reports the former Old Town Fuel & Fiber mill also plans additional hiring to fill some remaining positions. The mill’s former owners cited high operating costs and foreign competition when they furloughed about 200 workers last year. A bankruptcy court judge last month approved a $10.5 million sale of the mill to a Wisconsin company that wants to reopen it.

A spokesman for buyer Expera Specialty Solutions of Kaukauna says production is scheduled to resume this month. The mill is now called Expera Old Town.

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