A draft of a book on the history of the Great Northern Paper Company during the 1970s and 1980s written by long-time Public Affairs Manager, Paul K. McCann.
This draft is nearly identical to a version later published as Timber! : The Fall of Maine's Paper Giant, printed by the Ellsworth American, c1994.
Chapter Table of Contents:
i. In the Beginning: Biggest Mill in World; Lonely Farm On Penobscot the “Perfect Site”
ii. While GNN Grew and Prospered, Not so GNP; It Was All Down Hill After Years of Stagnation
iii. After 70 Years, Modernization Means a Long, Long, Long Learning Curve
iv. Diversification with the Pinkham Acquisition; Kraft and Waferboard Mills Proposals fail
v. Energy Crisis of 1973; Closing the Mills? Next? Conservation? Coal? Wood? Hydro?
vi. Great Northern’s Two Million Acres; Challenge of Protecting the Resource
vii. Woodlands: A Company Within a Company; From River Drives to Intensive Management
viii. The Spruce Budworm: Out of the Problem Came a New Era of Forest Management
ix. GNP Became Center of National Attention; Indians “Frightened” Great Northern Nekoosa
x. A Sales Strategy for the Millinocket Mill; Prolonging the Life of the Old Paper Machines
xi. “Friendly Strike” Shatters Traditions; Things Were Never the Same Again
xii. Of Many Things: Ospreys turn Bombers; The Strike that Wasn’t A Strike
xiii. Big A: It Was an Uphill Battle; A Setback Fatal for the Company
xiv. Finally, Modernization Wins GNN Funds; Millions for the East Millinocket Mill
xv. 1400 Jobs to Go with a Goal of Smaller More Efficient, More Competitive Company
xvi. After Years of Studies, Millinocket Project Wins GNN Approval With a German Partner
xvii. Final Chapter in the Company History? Georgia Pacific Acquires GNN
McCann, Paul K., "History of the Great Northern Paper Company in the 1970s and 1980s" (1992). Great Northern Paper Company Records. 161.
pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)
Digitized from SpC MS 210, Great Northern Paper Co. Records, Box 3, folder 8.
Text recognition on the original dot-matrix-printed manuscript was not successful. McCann's manuscript was re-typed by department staff members in 2022. Slight spelling corrections were made for the sake of readability. McCann's original typescript is provided as the supplemental file.