Investing in Maine
As one of the largest employers in Maine, our operations give back to the state we call home. Our total economic impact on the state according to a 2017 Economic Impact Study amounted to more than $390 million in sales for Maine companies and generated more than $21 million in tax and fee revenue for state and local governments.
We are proud to be the state’s fifth largest manufacturing employer, with employees in three bottling facilities – Poland, Hollis and Kingfield – plus our Maine-based home and office ReadyRefresh delivery team.
According to a 2017 Economic Impact Study for Maine, Poland Spring directly provides approximately 900 good-paying jobs with benefits to Mainers who live in more than 120 cities and towns in the state. We paid more than $49 million in annual salaries and benefits in 2016 and have grown to become one of Maine’s most significant, renewable, natural resource-based companies, comparable to the State’s iconic forest products, agriculture, and fishing industries.
Part of our core mission is to take care of our Poland Spring family, and we are proud to be a steady, reliable employer. Today, we have employees that represent second and third generation water bottling families who are still working for Poland Spring.
- In Androscoggin County, Poland Spring is the 12th largest employer and 3rd largest manufacturer – home to the Poland bottling plant.
- In Franklin County, Poland Spring is the 20th largest employer and 4th largest manufacturer – home to the Kingfield bottling plant.
- In York County, Poland Spring is the 9th largest employer and 2nd largest manufacturer – home to the Hollis bottling plant.
Additional Spring Water Sources
Our hydrogeologists, natural resource managers, civil and environmental engineers, and logistics experts continuously explore spring water sources in the state.
Members of the Poland Spring Natural Resource Team
As with all of our water sources, we only choose those that can meet Poland Spring's high quality standards and Maine's exacting groundwater regulations. Thorough evaluation of a potential spring source, which take up to a year or more, occurs only with permission from the private land owner or town officials.
Spruce Spring, Flagstaff Lake, Somerset County, Maine
Once we identify a spring source, we initiate a process to study the spring, and, if it meets our standards, work with town officials to obtain the necessary local and regulatory approvals. We also collect input from community residents about ways that Poland Spring could help the community.
We believe in an open, transparent process and in supporting communities where we operate. We look forward to investing in jobs and the local economy, and to building new relationships to benefit residents of new communities. Learn more about our siting process.
Safety is Key
We prioritize safety, value people for who they are, and work hard to offer them an environment in which they can thrive. We believe in people. And that means believing in the safety of our employees. We care deeply about our employees and strive to ensure that our workplaces are safe and healthy for the people who work there. Our aim is to achieve zero work-related injuries and illnesses.
It means creating an open, responsive work environment. It means communicating with our employees openly, and ensuring they have the information they need. It means fostering a culture of respect.
The safety of both our drivers and the people in communities they’re driving through is also incredibly important. We expect all our drivers to be professional, courteous, and careful when they are on the road. When possible, we also work with smaller, family-owned, third-party, Maine-based trucking companies whose drivers know the local roads and the best routes to take. We set rigorous standards for our drivers and expect them to be respectful of the communities in which they are driving. For example, in Hollis, where we have our largest bottling facility, we work with both the residents and town officials there to address concerns they may have.