PORTLAND, ME, April 29, 2013 (Local News) -John Wolanski, vice president of sales and marketing at GAC Chemical in Searsport, remembers clearly the epiphany he had upon hearing Gov. Angus King proclaim in the 1990s, "Let no fish leave the state of Maine with its head on." He realized that adding value to the trees coming out of Maine's North Woods - beyond transforming them into pulp or paper - could be as much a boon to the paper industry as King's vision would be to fishermen and seafood processors along the coast.
Fifteen years later, Wolanski stood at center stage at the University of Maine's Wells Conference Center in Orono in early April. Recalling the "no fish" proclamation in his introduction of Maine's junior U.S. senator as the keynote speaker of the UMaine Pulp and Paper Foundation's annual Paper Days event, he told King his value-added mantra had taken root in the paper industry as well.
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