4,000 Loads Shipped in 2016 Equals 500,000 Fewer Road Miles
WATERVILLE, ME – April 8, 2016 – Today marked the official launch of Phase II of the “Poland Spring Express,” an initiative to transport a portion of Maine’s iconic spring water brand by rail. Representatives from the Poland Spring brand, Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and PanAm Railways watched as shipping containers filled with pallets of Poland Spring® brand Natural Spring Water were transferred by crane to a waiting train bound for Massachusetts.
An estimated 4,000 containers of Poland Spring brand bottled water will be shipped via rail instead of by truck in 2016. This translates into a reduction of more than 500,000 road miles and lowers carbon emissions.
Beginning today, shipping containers of bottled water will be trucked from the Poland Spring bottling plant in Kingfield, Maine to the PanAm Railyard in Waterville, a distance of 45 miles, representing Phase II of this intermodal initiative. The containers will be loaded onto rail cars and transported to South Portland to join the train heading to Massachusetts. Earlier in 2016, the Poland Spring brand became the first Maine product to be shipped from the new intermodal rail terminal on Portland’s waterfront.
"As part of Poland Spring’s commitment to environmental leadership, we’ve been exploring alternative modes of transportation for shipping Poland Spring to our major markets on the East Coast,” said Chris Haynes, Director, Northeast Regional Logistics for Nestlé Waters North America, parent company for the Poland Spring brand. “Like most manufacturers in Maine and New England, we rely on trucks to distribute our product. By taking advantage of the recent improvements to Maine’s rail infrastructure to ship by train, we can reduce the number of trucks on the road and ship our product to targeted distribution points more efficiently to better service our customers,” said Haynes.
“It is exciting to witness the success of a project that took an alliance of people, companies, and officials to bring to fruition,” said David Fink, President of Pan Am Railways. “Our hope is to build on the success of ‘The Poland Spring Express’ and use it as an example to expand the intermodal business in Maine.”
This rail intermodal shipping represents a renewal of the Poland Spring brand’s rich heritage from the early 1900s, when the Poland Spring Railroad was used to ship bottled water from the original bottling plant in Poland Spring, Maine.
About Poland Spring: Since 1845, Poland Spring® brand Natural Spring Water has invested in Maine and created good jobs using an abundant, renewable resource. Today, Poland Spring operates three bottling plants in Poland Spring, Hollis and Kingfield. The Kingfield facility, which officially opened in January 2009, represents a $60 million investment and dozens of jobs in rural western Maine. Poland Spring maintains additional spring sources in Fryeburg, Poland, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township, Denmark and St. Albans. Most recently, Poland Spring invested $4.1 million in a spring water station project in Fryeburg Maine. Poland Spring also:
- Employs nearly 800 full-time and seasonal workers across Maine
- Invested over $500 million in capital in Maine since 2000
- Contributes nearly $42 million to the economy in annual payroll
- Spends almost $60 million directly with other Maine companies each year
- Invested over $6 million in community giving since 2008 to support schools, fire and rescue, environmental conservation, and many local and statewide causes.
For more information contact:
Community Relations Manager, Poland Spring