Western Polymer Corporation, in partnership with LTWAW, was recently certified as eligible to receive economic development incentives
from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development to improve and expand its manufacturing facility in Fort Fairfield, Maine
. The company plans to invest $1 million in facility upgrades and training at the former Aroostook Starch Company and anticipates creating 15 new jobs in Aroostook County.
WPC, which purchased Aroostook Starch Company in July 2013, is a manufacturer of potato starch products used mainly in paper processing. The company’s investments in the Fort Fairfield facility include improvements to the building, employee training and the purchase of machinery, equipment, and electronics.
“Drawing new private investment to Maine is a vital strategy for our continued economic progress,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage. “As I often say, investment goes where it is welcomed and stays where it is appreciated. I am pleased that Western Polymer is making its investment here, and we will do all we can to let them know their investment is welcomed and greatly appreciated.”
Linda Townsend, of WPC, described their move to Maine as “a quantifiable advantage” and also discussed the specific benefits of the DECD incentives to the project.
“We have worked with paper mills in Maine, but have never had a facility any further east than North Dakota,” said Townsend. “Since Maine is another potato producing region, it was a good strategic move for our company. Although our concentration has primarily been in providing industrial grade potato starch to the paper industry, our Maine plant allows us the opportunity to diversify by manufacturing food grade potato starch…We are currently building our base of business and have invested heavily in upgrades to the plant and employees. DECD’s programs of assistance will help us to be more competitive.”
“We’re very excited for opportunities to help generate job and business growth in Maine,” said DECD Commissioner George Gervais. “By way of our versatile economic tool kit and our knowledgeable Governor’s Account Executives, companies like Western Polymer are assured that the State of Maine will provide whatever assistance and support is available to help them compete. It’s a win-win for the people of Fort Fairfield and, indeed, for all of Maine.”
DECD incentive programs are tailored to help businesses grow and succeed. For more information on Western Polymer Corporation and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, please visit the links provided below.