Maine mill owner says rail dispute threatens jobs

November 19, 2010

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BANGOR, Maine—The head of a Maine paper mill says a dispute between two railroads threatens 650 jobs in Madawaska.

Jeffrey Dutton of Twin Rivers Paper says if the dispute isn't settled increased transportation costs for the mill could be $3 million a year. Twin Rivers used to be known as Fraser Papers.

The issue is over Canadian National Railway's access to a rail spur owned by the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway that leads to the Twin Rivers facility in Madawaska.

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic CEO Robert Grindrod tells the Bangor Daily News Twin Rivers officials are essentially trying to tell his company to get out of the way while another rail line uses its property.

Grindrod says state officials are trying to mediate a settlement.


Information from: Bangor Daily News,