UPM Madison Signs with Summit Natural Gas of Maine

Jun 13, 2013, 14:25 ET from Summit Natural Gas of Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Summit Natural Gas of Maine announced today that the Augusta-based company has reached an agreement with UPM Madison to supply the paper manufacturing facility with natural gas service by this fall. The paper mill has been working with Summit Natural Gas of Maine to secure a fuel source that will allow them to reduce their energy costs.

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"The commitment from UPM Madison is another significant milestone for Summit and its commitment to build out a natural gas pipeline infrastructure to provide natural gas service to industrial, commercial and residential customers in the Kennebec Valley. We are proud to partner with UPM Madison. Summit has commenced construction activity at various locations in the Kennebec Valley and we look forward to the completion of facilities to enable service to begin at UPM Madison and other locations this fall. This announcement today emphasizes our dedication to bring natural gas from Augusta through the rest of the Kennebec Valley providing an opportunity for more people to access natural gas," said Mike Minkos, president of Summit Natural Gas of Maine.

Located in Madison, Maine, UPM Madison is a major player in the supercalendered sector of the paper industry and one of the Kennebec Valley's largest industrial manufacturers.

Summit Natural Gas of Maine has started construction on its natural gas transmission and distribution system that will stretch from Richmond to Madison and Skowhegan.

Summit Utilities, Inc., the parent company of Summit Natural Gas of Maine, operates 20 natural gas districts throughout Colorado and Missouri, and specializes in providing natural gas to areas that are either hard to serve or that aren't being served.  

About Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.:  

Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc. is a subsidiary of Summit Utilities, Inc. Summit Utilities, Inc. acts as a holding company that owns and operates Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.; Colorado Natural Gas, Inc.; Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc.; and Wolf Creek Energy LLC. The company's natural gas subsidiaries construct, install and operate natural gas distribution systems in order to provide natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers. For more information visit: www.summitnaturalgasmaine.com.  

About UPM Madison:

UPM Madison is one of North America's leading producers of supercalendered paper used by printers and publishers of magazines and catalogs. Madison Paper Industries (Madison) is a Maine general partnership formed in 1980. Its current partners are UPM-Kymmene Oyi and Northern SC Paper Corporation (a subsidiary of the New York Times Company). With sales offices in the Chicago suburb of Westmont, IL, UPM North America comprises the North American publication paper operations of global paper and forest products company UPM Corp. Learn more at www.upm.com/na

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production plants in 16 countries. UPM has 22 modern and sustainable paper mills in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, China and the United States. UPM's annual sales exceed EUR 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com

SOURCE Summit Natural Gas of Maine