SENATOR GALLUS PLEDGES FULL SUPPOR TO EMPLOYEES AFFECTED BY BERLIN MILL CLOSING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sen. John Gallus

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March 8, 2006

Concord , NH – Yesterday, Fraser Paper informed Senator John Gallus (R – Berlin) of the plans to close the Berlin Pulp Mill. Fraser Paper stated that the plans called for the mill to close on May 6th, which will cause 250 employees to lose their job.

Senator Gallus remarked, “The North Country continues to be in an economic decline that has griped the region for more than thirty years. This is a traumatic time for the Berlin Pulp Mill employees, and I pledge to do whatever I can to help them. I have personally spoken with the Governor, the Senate President, and the Speaker of the House to mobilize resources to help the afflicted employees. The employees are our number one concern during this difficult time.”

Even though the mill is not slated to close until May, efforts are already underway to help the workers. New Hampshire Departments of Resources and Economic Development, Labor, and Employment Security have already started to work on plans for the employees.

Senator Gallus continued, “New Hampshire Department of Resource and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald will be on the ground in Berlin to help employees transition to other endeavors. I have full confidence in Commissioner Bald; he has experience with their situation and assisted during the last mill closing in 2001.”

Senator Gallus concluded, “The state will once again rise to the occasion to aid the displaced workers and to look for other ways to repair the economic shortfalls of the North Country.”