The Woodland Pulp Corporation used funds in economically strained areas to fund the expansion of a facility and training the workforce. In 2010, after new the new management of Woodland Pulp wanted to integrate their production vertically and shape a complementary fabric plant, the company faced several hurdles. The current paper processing industry, once the backbone of Maine’s economic power, has declined significantly in response to worldwide market developments. The cost of modernizing and integrating an old paper mill needed investments of more than 120 million US dollars. In the meantime, the native and skilled workers were limited to carry out the fresh operation. The prerequisite to hiring ambitious and qualified workers, plus as a secure, flexible capital and affordable was fundamental.
They have found a method to fund the conversion of the facility while at the same time recruiting and training the workforce for their success: to finance the tax credit for new markets. To qualify for the new federal tax credits program, the project must bring economic benefits to the economically disadvantaged population groups. This is the exact case at the company Maine, Baileyville, where the facility has been in operation since 1905. Currently, the modernization and extension of the plant help to maintain around 320 standing jobs at Woodland Pulp. The newly constructed St. Croix Tissue is to create 80 fresh positions.
Woodland Pulp Company has found that there are lasting benefits for local contracts, particularly to maintain stable labor. However, due to the rural character, it was difficult to hire, train and maintain non-native employees. The surroundings of a small town can be a great cultural shock to immigrants who are moving. It is inadequate to invest two or four years in personal development, just to see them. The workforce at Woodland Pulp also needs some general skills which are often overlooked, from cooperation and clear communication to the right appearance of the workplace. The Maine NMTC Program helped to make additional funding possible for these efforts.
Woodland Pulp supported potential employees in the acquisition of these skills and reinforced the application of the Maine Work Ready general education training platform and the introduction of the ACTION training program for the National Career Certificate. These titles are awarded to persons who prefer local professional skills and are supported by professional links across the country. Employment opportunities at the home level in the past two years are not limited to giving the Sainte-Croix-Tissue factory some 80 new jobs. Thanks to the employees of Woodland Pulp, the company estimates that several indirect jobs are created in the restaurant, gas station and several other local industries.