New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has told worried paper mill workers in Gorham that the state will do everything it can to try to keep their mill open.
Fraser Papers announced last week that it will shut down two of the four remaining paper-making machines at its Gorham mill and lay off 167 workers.
Lynch went to Gorham on Monday to meet with employees, union workers and local officials.
The company says rising fuel prices were one reason for its decision. Lynch said the state is working to find grants or financing to allow the mill to install a bio-mass power facility to lower energy costs, but he said nothing is definite yet.
Lynch also pushed his plan for tax incentives to bring jobs to the region. He told local officials that Coos County is in the middle of a crisis and everyone in New Hampshire needs to understand that.