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Paul K. McCann

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Surry, Maine

Abstract/ Summary

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


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.


pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)

McCann_History_1992_original.pdf (7221 kB)
McCann's original typescript



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