EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Great Northern Paper announced Thursday that it is temporarily laying off 212 employees. GNP stopped its manufacturing January 23 temporarily because of high production costs and low market prices. GNP said it is working on restructuring its mill operations and lowering production costs.

"We understand this temporary work stoppage will be difficult for employees.This is a different course than expected when we began to restructure, but it is a necessary step.We continue to work diligently on addressing fundamental operational issues that must be overcome for GNP to restart and remain viable over the long term," said GNP spokesperson Scott Tranchemontagne.

Forty four employees are continuing to work in order to maintain the needed systems for a production restart.

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