The Poland Spring team is proud of our commitment to help protect the environment, especially in the areas where we source our natural spring water. For more than 170 years, we have worked hard to be a good neighbor, a good employer and a valued member of our host communities across Maine. Poland Spring is proud of our Maine roots, and we work every day to honor and respect that heritage through the work that we do.

Creating Jobs

We employ more than 800 Maine people in three bottling facilities – Poland Spring, Hollis and Kingfield – and at spring sites in Fryeburg, Poland, Denmark, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township.

The people who work for Poland Spring represent 140 communities across Maine. We are a local economic driver, providing about $42 million annually in payroll to local residents and, for those who are eligible, a full benefits package that includes: health, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, profit sharing, 401K, and flexible spending health and dependent care accounts.

Part of our core mission is to take care of our Poland Spring family, and we are proud to be a steady, reliable employer with second and third generation Mainers on our payroll.

Investing in Maine

As one of the largest employers in Maine, we believe in giving back to the state we call home. Poland Spring spends $60 million annually in Maine doing business with Maine businesses, helping to grow the Maine economy.

  • In 2009, despite a challenging economy, we invested $60 million in rural Maine to open a bottling facility in Kingfield. Today the plant employs over 60 Mainers in full-time and seasonal positions.
  • Our Hollis bottling facility, the largest in North America, employs nearly 400 people in Maine.
  • We invested over $4 million to construct a spring water project in Fryeburg and Denmark, and awarded more than 90% of the contracts to Maine contractors.

Poland Spring is committed to giving back to the state that we fondly call home. Through sponsorships, donations and volunteering, we support important causes and organizations across Maine, and we are always looking for more.

Committed to Being a Good Neighbor

Since 2000, Poland Spring has given over $6 million to local Maine communities and causes through our Good Neighbor Grant Program.

  • Our company has awarded more than 180 $1,000 scholarships to Maine high school seniors through the Good Science Scholarship program started in 2007.
  • We donate an average of 500,000 bottles of water, annually, to fire and rescue departments, local causes and events across the state of Maine. 

Educating our Future of Environmental Stewards

Poland Spring is committed to supporting the next generation of environmental stewards and has made a substantial investment in environmental education throughout the state of Maine.

Our environmental partners include: Project WET, The Ecology School, Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Maine Children’s Water Festival.

  • More than 100,000 Maine students have participated in environmental education programming through Poland Spring curricula and/or funding since 2000.
  • In 2007 we created our own Trout in the Classroom/Brookie Buddies Curriculum, and since then, over 2,000 Maine students have participated in the program.

We are proud of our people and the role they play in Maine communities. Many Poland Spring employees are active community volunteers, contributing countless hours to local food banks, holiday giving, community events, environmental education programs and health and wellness fundraisers. Some of our employees are also important members of local civic organizations, committees and boards.

We take our role as environmental stewards very seriously. Poland Spring is dedicated to helping to sustain Maine’s natural resources and serving as a good neighbor in communities where we operate.

At Poland Spring, we understand that water is a precious, natural resource. Our own homes and livelihood depend on our responsible corporate citizenship to protect everything we love about Maine – from the people who live and work in the state, to the picturesque lakes, rivers and mountains that make it a beautiful natural sanctuary.

Water Resources

We sustainably manage our abundant, renewable water sources in Maine, through careful monitoring and strict adherence to Maine’s state and local regulations. In addition to our own hydrogeologists, we hire independent scientists and water experts to monitor our water use and prepare monitoring reports for the public, as well as state and local officials. All of our monitoring reports are publicly available. Poland Spring has nothing to gain and everything to lose from overusing spring water sources.

Did you know?

  • Poland Spring uses only a small fraction of all groundwater used in Maine. The amount of water that evaporates off of Sebago Lake during a typical hot summer month is the same amount collected by Poland Spring in one year.
  • We conserve over 5,400 acres of land around our spring sites to ensure the health and sustainability of the resource and the local environment.
  • Wherever Poland Spring operates, meters are installed to record water withdrawals and to ensure Poland Spring is staying within sustainable levels.
  • Regulators have the right to reduce or halt Poland Spring’s water withdrawal to protect the local watershed from harm if needed.

View our infographic about our spring water here.

Packaging & Operations

We are a company that is constantly striving to do better, and that means finding ways to improve our packaging and our operations to minimize our environmental footprint.

Over the past 18 years, Poland Spring has reduced the amount of PET plastic content in our .5 liter bottles by 60%.

Our facilities achieve a 98+% recycling rate. All of our single serve bottles, from the 8 ounce to the 2.5 gallon sizes, are recyclable. Our 3-gallon and 5-gallon bottles are returned to us, washed, sanitized and refilled by us 20 times before they too are recycled.

Our new factories in Maine have been built to achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The Hollis warehouse expansion earned LEED Silver certification, and our newest facility in Kingfield, built in 2009, earned LEED Gold certification.

As part of Poland Spring’s commitment to environmental leadership, in some instances we are using alternative modes of transportation for getting Poland Spring water to our major markets on the East Coast more efficiently to better serve our customers. An estimated 4,000 containers of Poland Spring water will be shipped via rail instead of by truck in 2016, resulting in a carbon emissions reduction of 5,000 metric tons.

About Water in Maine

  • Average annual rainfall: 42 inches. Equivalent to 24 trillion gallons statewide.
  • Run-off: About 50% of precipitation, or about 12 trillion gallons, runs off the landscape in streams and rivers each year.
  • Evaporation/transpiration: About 30-40% of rainfall evaporates or is transpired through vegetation. This equals about 7-10 trillion gallons annually.
  • Infiltration to groundwater: About 10-20% of precipitation infiltrates to recharge groundwater. This is about 2 to 5 trillion gallons annually.
  • Mapped sand and gravel aquifers occupy about 1,300 square miles of Maine’s landscape.
  • According to the Maine Geological Survey, average annual recharge to these aquifers is about 240 billion gallons.

View our infographic here.

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The Ricker Family
In 1794, the Ricker family moved to Poland, Maine from Alfred, Maine, after a land swap with the Shaker community. Shortly after their arrival, travelers knocked on their door looking for a place to stay overnight. This was the beginning of a tradition of inn-keeping that still exists today.

The Rickers built the Wentworth Ricker Inn - later known as the Mansion House - in 1797 and during the next half century established the inn as a hospitable stagecoach stop and lodging house.

Water Discovery

In 1844, Hiram Ricker, the grandson of the first Ricker settler, was drinking from the spring on the property while overseeing farm workers. Hiram had been afflicted by dyspepsia as a young man and after drinking regularly from the spring for a week he felt that he had been cured of his stomach ailments. Soon, he began to share the water with neighbors and friends and sell the clean, refreshing spring water in clay demi-johns for 5 cents per gallon.

The Rickers began selling the water commercially throughout New England in 1859. Most of the water was originally sold in barrels .By 1876, they began to bottle the spring water in a type of glass bottle known as a Moses bottle.

Worldwide Reputation

Over the next 25 years, Poland Spring Water received recognition at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago and earned a grand prize at the St. Louis Fair of 1904. This recognition propelled Poland Spring Water to international fame. The company established offices in Boston, New York, London, Paris, Cairo and Manila, and the famous water was served on Pullman cars throughout the United States, on transatlantic ships and even on zeppelins.

Tourism

The Rickers were also instrumental in early efforts to promote tourism in Maine. Hiram Ricker’s youngest son, Hiram Weston Ricker, became a founder of what later became the Maine Tourism Association. He also went on to establish the Maine Automobile Association.

New Life for Poland Spring Water

After tumultuous economic times, including two world wars and the Great Depression, Perrier, and then eventually Nestle Waters North America took ownership of Poland Spring in 1980, and through an influx of new ideas and capital, reestablished Poland Spring Brand Water as the leading spring water brand in the United States.

Today, Poland Spring employs more than 800 Maine people in full-time and seasonal jobs. Poland Spring operates three bottling plants in Poland Spring, Hollis and Kingfield, Maine with additional spring sources in Fryeburg, Poland, Denmark, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township.

Poland Spring Preservation Park

Beginning in 1845, Maine settlers and dignitaries flocked to Poland Spring for its picturesque setting and for, as legend held, its restorative spring waters. In the early 1900s a state of the art bottling facility and spring house were constructed using Spanish architectural elements.

The original bottling facility and spring house is now the Poland Spring Museum, housing a dedication to the growth of Poland Spring Brand natural spring water. After a three-year restoration project, the facilities, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were faithfully transformed into an informative museum open to the public. Through scientific displays and vintage memorabilia, the museum offers a close-up look at one of Maine’s oldest industries. Additionally, the park includes over 4 miles of groomed recreational trails available for use year round dawn to dusk.

Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day • Thursday- Saturday, 9a.m. – 4p.m. • Sunday 9a.m. – 1p.m. • Monday 9a.m. – 4p.m. • FMI: Please call (207) 998-7143 or polandspringpreservation@gmail.com  

Directions to:

115 Preservation Way

Poland Spring, Maine

From the South

Take Exit 63 off the Maine Turnpike (I-95). Turn left at the traffic light onto Route 115, then right onto Route 26A, which becomes Route 26. Proceed on Route 26 through Gray and New Gloucester, past the Shaker Village. Approximately 1/2 mile after the intersection with Route 122, look on the right for the sign for Poland Spring Inn and Resort. Turn into the complex, and turn right at the top of the hill. Follow the signs (straight) for Poland Spring Preservation Park. After passing through a set of white gates, the Poland Spring Museum is at the bottom of the hill on the left; parking is on the right.

From the North

Take Exit 75 off the Maine Turnpike (I-95) and turn right at the traffic light onto Route 202. At the traffic light just after the Irving station, turn right onto Kittyhawk Ave. At the stop sign, turn left onto Hotel Road, which becomes Route 122. Turn right onto Route 26. After approximately 1/2 mile, look on the right for the sign for Poland Spring Inn and Resort. Follow directions as above.