EAST MILLINOCKET — Hundreds of Mainers are hoping to go back to work in the East Millinocket paper mill that is being reopened after it was on the verge of having its equipment sold off.

An estimated 340 people have applied for jobs at the new Great Northern Paper Co. mill in East Millinocket since applications were first accepted on Thursday.

The deal to revive the mill closed on Friday.

The Bangor Daily News says the East Millinocket mill plans to hire as many as 250 workers and ship its first orders by Oct. 30, but it’s unclear when work will begin.

The East Millinocket mill closed in April, idling 150 workers.

The Millinocket mill is expected to reopen at a later date.