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New Loggers Co-op Enters Agreement With Mill In Quebec

AUGUSTA, Maine - The newly created New England Loggers Cooperative has entered into an agreement with a paper mill in Quebec that calls for any lumber from Maine to be cut and shipped by Maine workers. Senate President Troy Jackson said a "majority'' of softwood cut in northern Maine goes to the Materiaux Blanchet Inc. mill in Quebec. He said Thursday the agreement "just makes sense.''
 
A bill sponsored by Jackson was adopted in the last legislative session allowing loggers and logging truck drivers to organize into cooperatives. Gov. Janet Mills signed it into law.
 
Jackson, a Democrat from Allagash, said that for too long the wood products industry "has been missing the voices of hardworking harvesters and haulers.''