Tag Archives: manufacturing

One number that gives Maine’s paper industry hope

LEWISTON SUN-JOURAL PHOTO BY AMBER WATERMAN

The paper industry ain’t what it used to be, but a recent survey of paper producers found new investment last year hit the highest point since 2003, at $173 million this year. That figure — about double the investment from 2013 — is a bright spot for an industry that has needed investment to upgrade machinery and become more efficient […]

Doing continues to supplant making in Maine

LEWISTON SUN-JOURAL PHOTO BY AMBER WATERMAN

There are plenty of individual makers in Maine, but a new data set from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows continued gains for service industries as growth in industries like manufacturing and construction lag behind. The new data set (its methods still being refined) shows inflation-adjusted GDP (in 2009 dollars) by industry for the states as recently as two quarters […]

Will Maine ever again party like it’s 1989?

Have you heard Chris Soper’s song about the Bucksport mill closing? Give it a listen. It’s about Verso’s decision to close its mill, but tugs at a larger national issue. The Washington Post last week started a series on America’s middle class starting with a piece titled, “Why America’s middle class is lost.” It opens with a focus on […]