Nestle Waters North America, the owner of the Poland Spring brand, has named the Cianbro-built bottling plant in Kingfield, Maine as their "Best Factory in North America." The award comes after more than two years of successful operations since the plant's opening, resulting in nearly a doubling of the facility's workforce and a steady increase in production. Today, the plant bottles about 70,000 cases of pure Maine water per day for distribution throughout New England and the Northeast. Maine Senator Susan Collins was on hand for the presentation of the award to plant employees on March 23. She praised the facility and its workers for a commitment to the environment and a strong work ethic. The Kingfield plant is the only manufacturing facility in Maine to have earned Gold level certification in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The USGBC describes LEED as: "an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts."
Senator Collins also gave the plant high marks for using Maine-based companies to construct the Kingfield plant, singling out Cianbro as one the state's firms to have been part of Poland Spring's success.
"In just over two years and in challenging economic times, you have turned Poland Spring’s newest plant into the Best Factory of the Year and have grown from fewer than 40 employees to 70 current workers," Collins told Poland Spring employees, company officials and community leaders. "It is especially encouraging to see a business grow and create new jobs while remaining committed to environmental stewardship and community citizenship."