May 4, 2023

Millinocket mill to be developed by Our Katahdin

The director of industrial site development for the project said he’s optimistic it will create jobs in the area.

News Center Maine

MILLINOCKET, Maine — To bring back business that once helped Millinocket thrive, the nonprofit Our Katahdin announced its newest development for One North, formerly known as the Great Northern Paper Mill.

According to Our Katahdin, the organization will aim to diversify the site while still maintaining a core industry of wood producers. Our Katahdin said the site would focus on producing much-desired wood pellets and processing biomass from neighboring sites across the state.

“We want to find the highest and best use of every single aspect of that wood. And so we’re hoping this can be an anchor, that will attract other related businesses,” Our Katahdin President Sean DeWitt said.

To support production, nearby railways will also need improvements, which the group hopes to fund through the Maine Department of Transportation’s CRISI grant.

The group mentioned that although they are confident they will receive funding from the grant, they are still awaiting to hear the results from the Federal Railroad Administration.

“Our plan is to reestablish that spur, rebuild it in places that need to be maintained and then expand to the greenfield, that’s about a ten thousand foot expansion of track,” Steve Sanders, director of industrial site development for One North, said.