Gov. Paul LePage says that a company in southern Maine is on the verge of shedding 900 jobs, and he suggested that the company is leaving the state.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network reports that the Republican governor told an audience at a town-hall-style meeting in Orono on Wednesday that said he could not name the firm because he is he "sworn to secrecy."
LePage said manufacturing companies have no choice but to go where they are appreciated. He said Maine must lower energy costs, cut taxes and adopt a more business-friendly environment.
Doug Ray, spokesman for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, said on Thursday that officials will not discuss publicly "any possible outcome involving a private Maine business."