Empty Maine paper mill to be featured on National Geographic Channel

The former Otis Paper Mill in the western Maine town of Jay will be featured on an episode of the National Geographic Channel show “Abandoned.” The episode will air at 9:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 12.

According to the show’s website, Jay, Ricki, Dan, and Mark are four treasure hunters, and, armed with flashlights, walkie-talkies and brute strength, venture into spooky basements and structurally unsound buildings to find valuables that can be refurbished and resold. The description of this episode reads,

At an abandoned paper factory the size of several football fields, the guys hope to score a touchdown with an assortment of historic objects. Jay, Dan and Mark find antique fire hoses, a Fairbanks scale, customized lockers and a pair of temperature gauges. Just when the score is in their favor, Ricki warns that the job might get sacked: The property owners are planning to turn the factory into a museum and may hesitate to sell certain objects.

According to a story in the Lewiston Sun-Journal, the Otis Mill is not technically abandoned. It has been owned by Jay Selectman Tim DeMillo and his wife, Mary Howes, since October 2009, now being operated as Otis Mill Ventures. The couple plans to renovate the building into a business complex with a restaurant.

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