Poland Spring brings USD 390 million in economic benefits to Maine

Jan 16, 2018
Poland Spring factory

The annual economic impact of Poland Spring’s activities in Maine, United States, totals more than USD 390 million in sales for local companies, according to a new study.

The research, commissioned by the brand and carried out by respected economist Charles T. Lawton, reveals Poland Spring’s presence in the region supports the equivalent of more than 2,300 full-time jobs. The study sets out the economic benefits the brand brings not only to the areas surrounding its Maine sites and bottling plants, but also the entire state.

Collectively, Poland Spring’s contributions in the area of capital investments, regional transport, and indirect and total impacts on the local economy generated more than USD 21 million in tax and fee revenue for Maine state and local governments.

Poland Spring water bottle

The brand directly provided 860 jobs to people living in more than 100 cities and towns in Maine, with annual salaries and benefits exceeding the state all-industry average.

The study says the continued growth of Poland Spring is critical to those communities where the brand does business. This is especially true in Maine’s rural economy, which has been hurt by the decline and closure of many of its traditional industries.

Poland Spring is also helping revive Maine's transportation network by increasing the volume of product it transports by rail. By switching from truck to rail, it has reduced carbon (CO2) emissions by almost 5,000 metric tons.

“Poland Spring has been in Maine for more than 170 years,” said Heather Printup, the brand’s Community Relations Manager in the region. “We care about our Maine heritage and Maine people.

“As responsible stewards of our water resources and environment, we aim to be here long into the future, helping Maine thrive and grow sustainably.”

If you want to learn more about this study, visit the NWNA website.