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"Robert Piasio, CEO of Whole Oceans, right, and Ben Willauer, director of corporate development, stand on the Bucksport waterfront with the former Verso paper mill in the background. Whole Oceans plans to build a $250 million land-based salmon farm an the northern portion of the mill site, the second such farm announced in Maine this year." -The Bangor Daily News

"Whole Oceans farm will have capacity to grow up to 50,000 metric tons of salmon per year and create hundreds of direct jobs in the area, according to a news release from the company. The facility will be based entirely on land and use a state of the art recirculating aquaculture system, called RAS, to create a clean, healthy environment for fish without having to use antibiotics, said Whole Oceans CEO Rob Piasio, in a written statement." -CentralMaine.com

"The plan is to start production in 2019 and have the salmon ready for purchase by 2021." -WABI TV5

"The company says it has already pre-sold 100% of its total production for the next ten years. It plans to break ground in August of this year." -WVII Fox ABC Maine

"In Maine, a town on the brink of extinction plots a comeback." -The Boston Globe

"A North Carolina manufacturer plans to create more than 100 jobs by becoming Maine’s first producer of a composite wood strong enough to replace concrete and steel in high-rise buildings. LignaTerra Global LLC of Charlotte announced plans at Bangor’s Husson University to build a $30 million, 300,000-square-foot factory to produce cross-laminated timber." -The Bangor Daily News

"In about a year's time, a North Carolina group - LignaCLT Maine, LLC will be manufacturing the building material in a region of Maine that really needs the jobs." -WABI

"Our Katahdin Inc., a volunteer development group, purchased the shuttered mill a little more than a year ago for $1 and began working with the Millinocket Town Council to revitalize the regional economy. Michael Seile Jr., a spokesman for the group, said the arrival of LignaCLT Maine was exactly the kind of business his organization had been hoping to attract to the former mill site." -Maine Public

"Michael Aube, president of EMDC, said LignaCLT's decision to invest in Millinocket "is just the beginning of a new era of growth for Maine." Aube said the University of Maine's focus on alternative uses of Maine timber and sustainable forestry was a critical factor in helping bring CLT production to the state. "LignaCLT is in position to lead wood product innovation in Maine's private sector and directly support related industries throughout the state and across the entire Northeast," he added." -Mainebiz