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Poland Spring is the success story eastern Maine needs

Poland Spring is the success story eastern Maine needs

WARSAW: That, quite simply, is a must. Without making necessary updates to these critical networks, it will be harder for Maine to encourage new businesses to set up shop here or convince existing businesses to stay. And second, as a state, we must do a better job in recognizing existing Maine businesses that are doing their part to make Maine thrive.

Last year, Poland Spring announced it would be looking for new locations to sustainably expand its operations. Fortunately for our region, Poland Spring took a close look at what Lincoln has to offer. If all the required regulatory approvals are met, Poland Spring will begin sourcing water from the Lincoln Water District this year. I am confident this partnership will play a critical role in redeveloping this region and demonstrating to other businesses what it means to be a Maine success story. According to a recent economic analysis by Dr. Chuck Lawton, Poland Spring in 2016 provided 860 good-paying jobs with benefits in 124 Maine cities and towns and provided $136 million in sales for 261 Maine businesses and vendors across the state. The company also contributed $7.7 million in sales, income, property and other taxes.