EAST MILLINOCKET — A Maine paper mill has announced that it is temporarily laying off more than 200 workers from its East Millinocket facility.

WLBZ-TV reports that the 212 employees work at a Great Northern Paper mill that was shut down last month because of high production costs and low market prices.

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The company says it is working on restructuring its mill operations and lowering production costs.

A company spokesman says “we understand this temporary work stoppage will be difficult for employees,” but it is necessary pending restructuring efforts.

Forty-four of the East Millinocket facility’s employees will stay on the job to maintain the needed systems for a production restart.