Big Win for 200 Madison Paper Mill Workers
WASHINGTON – Today, Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, proudly announced the decision by the International Trade Administration (ITA) to side with Madison Paper and stop unfair Canadian trade subsidies that threaten Madison Paper's business. The Central Maine mill employs more than 200 workers who manufacture supercalendered paper.
This year, Madison Paper twice furloughed part of its workforce because of unfair competitive disadvantages stemming from these illegal trade subsidies. Since January, Congressman Poliquin, and his Office, has led the charge to push Madison Paper's case within Congress and the U.S. International Trade Commission to protect the 200 good-paying jobs and local community.
"This is terrific news for the hard-working men and women employed by Madison Paper," said Congressman Bruce Poliquin. "Maine is home to the most skilled paper makers in the world. We can compete with anybody, anywhere, and win as long as the playing field is level. This ruling by the ITA finally does that."
Starting as early as next week, a 20% tariff will be collected at the U.S. border for shipments of supercalendered paper entering the U.S. and manufactured at the Port Hawkesbury Paper Mill in Nova Scotia. This tariff will end the unfair price advantage resulting from violations of international trade laws by the provincial government.
"Growing up in Oakland and Waterville, I remember when our paper, textile, shoe, and leather factories began closing. Thousands of good-paying jobs with benefits were lost. Today, you can still see the economic scars and broken lives of those shuttered mills,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I will continue to fight like heck, until the cows come home, to save every Maine job and to help build a better business climate so more jobs are created."
During October, the International Trade Commission is expected to announce its final determination on any adjustment to the ITA tariffs announced yesterday. Congressman Poliquin is planning to testify in person at the Washington, D.C. hearing in support of Madison Paper.
Congressman Bruce Poliquin is also battling the bureaucratic Environmental Protection Agency to protect 800 jobs at Sappi Paper in Skowhegan, and the Food and Drug Administration to save 600 jobs at the Twin Rivers Paper Mill in Madawaska.