MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- For the second time this spring, Maine Gov. Paul LePage met with officials from Millinocket and East Millinocket to discuss the future for the region's two paper mills.
The governor met for roughly one hour with leaders of Millinocket and East Millinocket at the Millinocket Municipal Building Tuesday afternoon. While LePage offered no comment regarding potential buyers, he said he remains 'optimistic' that a new one can be secured for the two mills.
The East Millinocket mill closed its doors a few weeks ago after a deal to sell it and the Millinocket paper mill to Meriturn Partners LLC fell through. The Millinocket mill was shut down back in 2008.
The governor's office says it has convinced Brookfield Asset Management, the company that currently owns the mills, to hold off on decommissioning them for 90 days. That would take place in July if a qualified buyer for the two sites cannot be secured.