Poland Spring’s newest bottling facility, built in 2008 in Kingfield, Maine, has officially received the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, making it the first manufacturing facility in Maine to receive LEED Gold status. LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building performs across various sustainability metrics, including energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, and stewardship of resources.
A press conference was held today at Cianbro's Ricker's Wharf facilities in Portland, Maine, to mark the achievement.
Cianbro partnered with Poland Spring in 2007 and 2008 to build the Kingfield plant, which was designed by the Korte Company. Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue congratulated Poland Spring today and lauded the partnership between the companies, saying: "True quality of life cannot be achieved without quality of place. We believe it’s up to us to take action to ensure that these qualities are preserved while our economy is strengthened. Poland Spring continues to be a strong contributor to Maine’s economy and their facility in Kingfield enhances both quality of life and quality of place. Cianbro is honored to be a part of that success.”
Cameron Lorrain, Poland Spring's Kingfield Plant Manager said, “We are honored to receive the LEED certification and proud to be Maine’s first manufacturing facility to earn the Gold standard. Employees of Poland Spring are proud to work for a company committed to being thoughtful and responsible in every aspect of our business. We have more to do and are excited to continue our journey towards more sustainable operations,” he said.
Naomi Mermin, Board President of the U.S. Green Building Council's Maine Chapter also delivered remarks at the press conference. “Building a LEED Gold-certified facility is not just about construction – it is about incorporating those sustainability values into a company’s culture and its employees," she said. "Employees in a LEED Gold-certified building like Poland Spring’s Kingfield facility, will tell you that their building stands for something more. We congratulate Poland Spring on achieving Gold Certification.”