Androscoggin Mill restarts two paper machines

first_imgJAY – Two paper machines at the Androscoggin Mill resumed operations Wednesday, roughly a week after an explosion damaged the facility’s pulp operation.According to a press release provided by Pixelle Specialty Solutions spokesperson Roxie Lassetter, Human Resources manager for the mill, the A4 and A5 paper machines were restarted Wednesday.“The A4 and A5 machines are now running 24×7 and customer service and sales personnel are taking orders from customers,” the company said in the release.A ruptured digester in the facility’s pulp mill is the suspected cause of the April 15 explosion. The blast sent debris hundreds of feet into the air above the mill, showering the area in a mixture of wood fiber, water and chemicals associated with the digester process. No one was in the immediate vicinity of the digester when it exploded and no serious injuries were reported. According to information collected by the State Fire Marshal’s Office with assistance from Jay police, mill employees manually shut down valves following the explosion and helped prevent further damage.““Our team in Androscoggin has performed exceptionally,” Tim Hess, Pixelle President and Chief Executive Officer, said as part of the company’s statement. “First and foremost, we will always remember that immediately following the rupture, they utilized their training, skill, and bravery to safely shut down operations. Likewise, we will always be grateful there were no injuries, and no environmental impact.”“Next, we salute the determination that our employees exhibited in evaluating what needed to be done to safely restore manufacturing operations and executing their plan expertly in a matter of days,” Hess went on to say.The mill will utilize pulp produced at Pixelle mills in Chillicothe, Ohio and Spring Grove, Penn. as well as additional pulp that will be purchased from local mills. The mill’s on-site pulping equipment has the capacity to process the incoming pulp, Pixelle said, while recent investments in refining equipment will allow the machines to produce at normal quality and output levels.Pixelle said that the mill will continue assessing the explosion, clean up the site when conditions allow and evaluate options for future, long-term pulp production. While the clean-up and evaluation of the site are taking place, a third machine, which produces non-specialty grades of paper, will not be operated.Hess concluded his statement by thanking first responders and others for their efforts.“Finally, we are grateful for the first responders; local, state and federal authorities, and our neighboring paper mills for their assistance,” Hess said. “Thanks to the efforts of many, this mill will continue supplying the majority of our valued customers.”Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said that the town continued to be “amazed” at the resiliency of the mill and its employees, in an email sent Thursday.“We are so thankful that no one was injured last week and our thoughts continue to be with them as they complete their ongoing assessments and make plans for the future,” LaFreniere said. “The fact that they were able to get the two paper machines back online in such a short period speaks volumes to the dedication of Pixelle and the Androscoggin employees.”last_img read more

The Tragedy Of The Ariana Grande Terrorist Attack And What It Means For Us

first_imgLast night, an astounding tragedy occurred, as a pair of blasts rang out immediately following American pop starlet Ariana Grande’s show to an audience primarily composed of young people and their parents at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom. In the whirlwind of a day that has followed last night’s attack, ISIL has come forward to claim responsibility for the bombing. Twenty-two music fans lost their lives during the terrorist attack (including an eight-year-old girl) and over fifty more were injured, shaking the global community to its core. Times like these are difficult to process or understand. The nature of such senseless violence, particularly when it’s perpetrated against children and teens, is heartbreaking on a scale that is hard to verbalize.There are two things, however obvious, that unite Live For Live Music’s readership: (1) we are humans sharing time on this planet, and (2) we love, seek out, and find solace in music. What happened in Manchester on Monday was an assault on both of these core shared traits and an immeasurable tragedy for all of us. As human beings sharing our brief time on the Earth with one another, it’s heartwrenching and incensing to see innocent people lose their lives. These feelings are only compounded when recognizing that the attack on Monday intentionally targeted Grande’s particular demographic of fans—young people, mostly girls, with full and vibrant lives ahead of them, who have not been in this world long enough to be held responsible for the international politics of today. Ultimately though, this tragedy should not be viewed through the lens of a specific performer or their fan group. This attack was not just perpetrated against attendees of an Ariana Grande concert. It was also an assault on the institution of live music as a whole.As music lovers, we collectively find respite from the daily grind of life with the tunes we listen to and at the shows we frequent. Say what you want about the terminology, but concerts are a safe space for us. The live music setting is one that is sacred to many—a place where we can go to let go, to catch a break from our real lives, even if it’s just for a few hours. Music brings us together. It always has. The tradition of community through music was well-established for years and years before us or our grandparents or their grandparents were on this planet. It’s a basic human urge to gather together, dance, and celebrate with sound. Incidents like the one that happened at Ariana Grande’s show in Manchester, at the nightclub in Orlando, and at the Bataclan in Paris violate and defile what should be jubilant nights for our kindred music-loving brethren.It should not take an excess amount of empathy to recognize that what happened in Manchester could happen to any of us, to members of our close-knit community, to our sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, or friends. The possibility of mindless acts of terror, domestic or foreign, has become a part of our daily lives. The awareness of this risk casts shadows on our routine actions and follows us throughout the day, rooting itself, however subconsciously, in the back of our thoughts. This is one of the goals of terrorist attacks—to cause monstrous grief, fear, and uncertainty among the population. In these times, perhaps now more than ever, we must come together as fellow humans and as fellow music lovers to comfort each other and to lift one another up. Tell the people close to you that you love them. Tell the people you’re not close to that you love them. Forge and strengthen bonds, and relish these connections.Be safe and take precautions, but at the end of the day, such horrifying acts cannot be allowed to paralyze us from living nor from finding the joy we find in music and one another. Our hearts are with all of you and with the victims of Monday night’s attack.[Photo: LA Times/Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images]last_img read more