Unmarried and without children, Price has a lot of time to think about what could be. He says he worked at a grain silo in the 1980s and early '90s, until it shut down. The Point looked good then, with a three-year, no-layoff guarantee, training and education available, a union contract with a pension. In 1995, he says, his wage was $13.50 an hour, plus a $3 "production bonus" and extra pay he calls "secondary indirect." With overtime in his first year at the mill, Price says he netted $50,000.