Lincoln Paper indefinite machine shuts due to reduced pulp ability after Nov. 2 boiler explosion; half of workforce furloughed; tissue machines running

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Lincoln Paper indefinite machine shuts due to reduced pulp ability after Nov. 2 boiler explosion; half of workforce furloughed; tissue machines running

December 18, 2013 - 11:32
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LINCOLN, ME, Dec. 11, 2013 (Bangor Daily News) - About 200 workers will be furloughed from Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC in response to a recovery boiler explosion last month that hampered the company's ability to make pulp, company co-owner Keith Van Scotter said Wednesday.

The layoffs affect about half the company's workforce. The laid-off workers attend to the company's two paper machines and pulp-making operations, the areas served by the recovery boiler, which exploded when a tube within it leaked water onto a hot smelt bed, creating steam and pressure that escalated into an explosion on Nov. 2, Van Scotter said.

"It is not permanent," Van Scotter said of the planned layoff. "It is indefinite, though."

Bangor Daily News - Lincoln paper mill to lay off 200 workers indefinitely due to boiler explosion