AUGUSTA (AP) – An interest group that represents Maine’s paper industry has closed its doors after 50 years.

The Maine Pulp & Paper Association announced it would no longer operate their newsletter on Friday.

The organization did not have enough resources to keep running.

The group was supported by dues from members which waned in recent years. Members of the trade organization included companies like paper mills and logging contractors.

Shrinking membership is reflective of the shifts affecting the Maine paper industry. Both a decrease in demand for glossy publishing paper and global competition has chipped away at the state’s market share.

Mills in several cities have closed taking more than 2,300 jobs with them in the last five years.

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