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Scott Brown joins paper company’s board of directors

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AP File/2010

Former senator Scott Brown.

BOSTON (AP) — Former US Senator Scott Brown has joined the board of directors of Kadant Inc., a Westford-based paper company.

Brown said he looked forward to ‘‘contributing to the future direction’’ of the company.

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Kadant president Jonathan Painter said the company welcomed the chance to draw on Brown’s ‘‘wealth of experience on local, state, national and international issues.’’ The company describes itself as a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry.

The Republican announced last week he would not be running in the special election to fill Democrat John Kerry’s former U.S. Senate seat. His decision sparked a scramble by fellow Massachusetts Republicans to find a candidate.

Democratic U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch have already declared their candidacies.

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