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Zen in a Crippled New Hampshire Mill Town

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0026
Zen in a Crippled New Hampshire Mill Town

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The authors of this book and filmmaker Ron Wyman entered the town of Gorham in New Hampshire on a day when the snow was blinding white. The Cascade Flats mill, owned by Fraser Papers Inc., which produces hand towels, paper for business use, and other products, is situated on the bank of the Androscoggin River. If they had not read the newspapers, they might have been fooled by that steam and the sound of machinery rumbling in the arctic air into thinking that all was well with the 240 people employed here. However, Fraser was in bankruptcy, and it had been announced just the previous week that the mill was for sale and that, if no buyer was forthcoming, it would be shut down. The plant, in a conservative calculation by the mill's manager, contributed about $80 million to the economy in the greater Berlin area.

Keywords: Ron Wyman; Gorham; Cascade Flats; mill; Fraser Papers Inc.; bankruptcy; economy; Berlin; New Hampshire

Chapter.  3079 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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