DIXFIELD, ME  — U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today met with employees at the Irving Sawmill in Dixfield to discuss ways to continue to grow Maine’s forest economy, bolster the workforce, and support the state’s rural communities. Irving’s Sawmill in Dixfield is the fourth largest sawmill in Maine and provides about 280 good jobs for men and women in western Maine.

“The hardworking men and women at Irving Sawmill are the engine that drives the Maine economy,” Senator King said. “They provide for their families, strengthen our communities, and make our state a more vibrant and hopeful place to work and live. During my time in the Senate, I have been determined to help grow Maine’s workforce and support our forest products industry. And we have made real progress — with new investment in our mills and cooperation throughout the industry. But there is still more work to do to support men and women at the Irving Sawmill and throughout the forest products industry. Together, we can continue to build on the good and provide results for Maine’s rural communities.”

Senator King has worked to promote and grow Maine’s rural economy during his first term in the Senate. In April 2017, he outlined strategies to modernize and expand Maine’s workforce and bolster the forest economy in his rural economic agenda. He helped spearhead the creation of a public-private partnership to grow and diversify Maine’s forest industry. The resulting effort — an interagency Economic Development Assessment Team — has committed millions of dollars to grow Maine’s forest industry and rural economy.

The visit to the Irving Sawmill in Dixfield is part of Senator King’s greater outreach to Maine people during Get Out the Vote to ensure they are excited to exercise their right to vote on election day.

Photo 1: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) meets with workers at the Irving Sawmill in Dixfield

Photo 2: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) tours the Irving Sawmill in Dixfield