Making finished paper products would benefit area

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To the editor,
It’s been almost 50 years since the Scott paper mill opened in Pictou County at Abercrombie Point. The mill has changed ownership a number of times and has provided high-paying jobs for many in the county.

During my employment there in the early years of the mill it was a great place to work and there was even talk of a finishing mill to manufacture the end products: tissue paper, toilet paper, etc.

Transportation costs were mentioned as a problem back then but this should not present a problem today. There have been many changes in the way products are shipped and many manufacturing plants are located far from population centres.

The bundles of pulp shipped from the mill to manufacturing plants are done so at tremendous cost. It would seem logical that some of these plants could be located here in the county to provide work for hundreds of people.

The world has changed since 1966, but we still provide the raw material needed to make the finishing product – this should be our bargaining chip.

The Great Lakes Tissue Company sells in away-from-home markets through redistribution to a 700-mile radius. Some of the Trenton plant buildings sit empty just a short distance up-river from Northern Pulp.

The people of the county deserve better after putting up with pollution and Boat Harbour for almost 50 years. Good, clean, well-paying jobs could be right here if the right people in the right positions were to promote this. The late Frank Sobey helped in the mid-1960s. Where are these business leaders today?

Frank MacGillivray

Stellarton

Organizations: Great Lakes Tissue Company

Geographic location: Trenton, Northern Pulp, Boat Harbour

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