Pixelle Specialty Solutions has announced the layoffs of another 51 people at its paper mill in Jay.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public File

A Jay pulp and paper mill that was rocked by an explosion in April is laying off almost 60 workers, with more layoffs on the way.

The company that owns the Androscoggin Mill heavily damaged in yesterday's massive explosion says it will be a significant length of time before the mill will be able to produce pulp again. In a press release, the Pennsylvania based Pixelle Specialty Solutions says the explosion was caused by a ruptured pulp digester that was damaged extensively.

Oil painting of the original Spruce Mountain. c. 1959. Artist: Fonnie Austin
Artist: Fonnie Austin

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It took a lot of effort to move this Maine mountain, but it led to a local ski revolution that benefited the entire community; and resulted in an odd lapse in memory. There's only one mountain in Jay, Maine, but most of the locals don’t know its name, much less its curious history. If you do mention its name, Spruce Mountain, they’ll direct you to a cow pasture across the river. A quirky tale of memories lost, “The Town that Moved a Mountain” tells how in the late 1950s, a group of ski enthusiasts built a successful ski area on Spruce Mountain and then just two years later, moved the whole operation to a new location. Including the name! In doing so, they brought together a community and made an impact that carries on to this day.

JAY, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Department of Labor's Rapid Response Team is working with employees of the Verso Corp.'s Androscoggin Mill in Jay to prepare them for upcoming layoffs.