Grand opening of water plant postponed

Posted Jan. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m.

KINGFIELD, Maine — Wednesday’s snowstorm forced the cancellation of a ribbon cutting that was supposed to mark the start of operations at Poland Spring’s newest plant in Maine.

The water bottler says it already has hired 40 employees and invested $60 million in capital in the Kingfield area. The company, owned by Swiss food giant Nestle, extracts water from nine locations in Maine and has bottling plants in Poland and Hollis.

Poland Spring has, in recent years, run into opposition to its expansion plans by critics concerned about the sustainability of groundwater supplies and increased truck traffic on rural roads.