Gov. Paul LePage toured Knox County on June 17 as part of his Capitol for a Day program. His first stop Friday morning was Camden Harbor for a visit to Maine Windjammer Cruises.

The governor will tour several businesses in Knox County before attending a town hall meeting at Camden Hills Regional High School from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

After leaving Camden, the governor headed to Dragon Products in Thomaston, where he received a tour and a briefing on the needs of the business from Plant Manager Ray DeGrass.

DeGrass said Dragon is open for business and needs to find more business because it is not giving the returns that are needed to stockholders. He noted that the company had a steady demand during Boston’s “Big Dig” for five to eight years, but that has dried up.

DeGrass said Dragon’s parent company invested in upgrades to the plant in 2005 and 2006 and now there are no returns to pay that debt.

LePage said the country will see an increase in construction due to the tornado activity that has taken place in other parts of the nation this season.

DeGrass also noted that Dragon is a huge energy consumer. He told the governor that if natural gas came to the Midcoast, Dragon would be interested. Sen. Chris Rector, who attended the event, noted after the tour that the state is considering extending a natural gas spur to the region.

LePage said that if he could convince the Legislature to work with him, the state could bring natural gas to the area much sooner, but he said some Legislators won’t talk with him about it.

The governor said the number one issue in the state is the cost of energy. He has advocated reducing the mandate for using renewable energy sources to reduce the cost of energy for state manufacturers.

“We need to get cheap energy, not just feel good energy,” LePage said.

Despite the serious matters at hand, LePage indicated he was enjoying his visit to the Midcoast. He said all of his days are busy as this one was.

“This is a fun day,” he said of the visit.

He was also scheduled to visit Breakwater Vineyards in Owls Head, O’Hara Corporation in Rockland, Mid-Coast Hospitality House in Rockport and the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

At the 6 p.m. town hall meeting, the governor and department commissioners will answer questions from audience members. The meeting is free to attend and is open to the public.

LePage is attending monthly town hall meetings in each of the 16 counties to engage with Maine citizens.