EAST MILLINOCKET (AP) – The Katahdin Paper Co. mill in East Millinocket that was closed for most of April is set to start up again on May 5.

Officials said last month that a lack of orders and the need for routine maintenance forced the shutdown and the furlough of up to three-quarters of the mill’s 491 employees.

Management told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday that the mill has lined up enough orders to keep at least one machine running from the start-up date through the end of May.

Katahdin Paper, owned by Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management, makes newsprint and telephone directory-grade paper in East Millinocket.

The company’s sister mill in Millinocket has been closed since September as officials consider converting its steam generation power from oil to biomass.

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