Baileyville, ME – January 20, 2023
On this snowy Maine morning, a group of over sixty Maine State Legislators arrived at our facility to learn about our business, how we are innovating for the future, and tour our tissue mill. The group spent January 18-20 on the 131st Maine Legislature on a bus tour to Eastern Maine, ending their visits at our facility. The bus tour is a fun and educational biennial offering of the Policy Leaders Academy that gives legislators the opportunity to interact directly with businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders in the region. The Policy Leaders Academy has been a non-partisan educational program of the Maine Development Foundation for Maine Legislators on the Maine economy since 1985.
On the three day tour participants were able to see and hear about the challenges specific to rural Maine and how collaboration across sectors and organizations creates opportunities. Some of the stops on this year’s tour included the University of Maine, The Jackson Laboratory, Downeast Institute, Machias Savings Bank, Indian Township, Woodland Pulp, St Croix Chipping & St. Croix Tissue. We were thankful for the opportunity to educate our legislators on the factors that are essential for driving our long term growth, how our business operates and functions in our rural community and some of the issues facing both our facility and industry. Legislators attended an informational presentation from mill management that was coupled with a presentation from executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council, Patrick Strauch. Along with the presentation and question/answer session, the group was provided lunch and a tour of our tissue mill.
St Croix Tissue is a state of the art tissue paper manufacturing company in Baileyville, Maine. The facility produces a full range of products for the growing national and international tissue markets, including paper napkins, paper towels, bathroom tissue and facial tissue with two new machine lines that were completed in 2016. St Croix Tissue has a manufacturing capacity of 120,000 tons of tissue per year. Its sister mills, Woodland Pulp & St Croix Chipping have a longstanding history at this site and are owned by the same parent company. St Croix Chipping is a state-of-the-art chip mill controlled by modern day PLC controls. The mill chips 85 to 100 loads of tree length wood every day that are used by Woodland Pulp. In turn, the pulp mill produces St. Croix Hardwood, a premium Northern ECF bleached Kraft pulp manufactured using hardwood chips from Maine and New Brunswick, Canada with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons. This pulp is sold to paper makers all over the world and St. Croix Tissue consumes a portion of this pulp. Combined, the three mills are the largest employer in Washington County.