LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A day after getting word that hundreds of them would face layoffs in the coming weeks many workers at Lincoln Paper & Tissue are now left wondering what to do next.
The company announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down its pulp and paper manufacturing indefinitely. A boiler exploded at the mill in November. Directors are pointing at the damage caused by that explosion as the reason for having to downsize.
The move is expected to affect about 200 workers at the mill, which is about half of its workforce. Many of those workers were at a meeting in town Thursday afternoon with officials from the Maine Department of Labor.
"What our goal is..is to make sure the workers get whatever they need," said Jeanne Paquette, who is the state commissioner for the department of labor, "as far as services of the department..which is unemployment benefits, re-employment services and things like that..so right now we're in the assessment phase."
Directors of the mill refused to offer any new comment on the layoffs on Thursday. The town of Lincoln is also expecting to be affected by what's going on as the mill is the largest employer in the region and pays taxes that make a big part of the town's budget.
Town leaders say they are already discussing ways to rework that budget going forward if the mill can't meet payments.