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Date of Interview

6-23-2006

Duration of Audio File

45:26

Interviewee

Dave Edson

Age

60s

Gender

Male

Residence

Berard, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Scott Company Forester

Mill or Principal Employer

Scott Paper Company

Keywords

Woodcutters Strike, Maine Labor History, Maine Paper Industry

Abstract

Discusses the impact that the MWA (Maine Woodmen’s Association) strike of 1975 and various environmental organizations on changing industry practices and also making Maine less attractive to large national paper companies that had purchased Maine mills.

Comments

Describes evolution of technology and economic arrangements between woodcutters and paper companies from 1970s to 1990s. Especially the role of company crews (loggers hired directly by paper companies) in ensuring wood supplies for mills and then baring the risk in this period for mastering use of mechanized cutting machinery. Once the technology became refined, the companies eagerly turned over their use to contractors because the latter were much less expensive than company crews. Also explains the great willingness of local banks and credit unions to give loans to woodcutting contractors to purchase older technologies (chainsaws and skidders); this was harder once the mechanized equipment became the standard because it would cost between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Only large contractors with large wood contracts with the companies could get these loans.

Document Type

Interview

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