Power outage knocks machine offline at Gorham Paper and Tissue
Mike Cummings, who is the chief executive officer of Gorham Paper and Tissue, said in a telephone message to the Union Leader on July 11, that the facility, which had been down for the Independence Day weekend, was part of the outage and as a result of it “we had electrical damage to our paper machine and it’s taken us a while to get it repaired.”
“We’re working diligently to replace damaged electrical components,” he said. “The supplier is in Italy and it’s difficult to get replacement parts at this time.”
In April, Cummings told the Union Leader that GP&T – which was once one of the largest employers in Gorham — permanently laid off 25 unionized employees in January while reducing most of the hourly work force to fewer than 40 hours a week, due to the soaring price of natural gas that it uses to operate its paper-making machinery.
While he previously acknowledged that the American paper-making industry is currently in a tough spot, having shrunk by between 25 and 33 percent over the past 15 years, Cummings said GP&T has tried to anticipate demand and toward that end, had purchased and installed a new paper-making machine.