Maine needs Poland Spring

In response to Linda Dumey from Wells who claimed that Maine gets “next to nothing” from Poland Spring’s presence (letter, April 19), I strongly disagree.

In the real world, Poland Spring helps hundreds of Mainers support their families with good jobs, including jobs at the company where I work.

Since 1948, Hartt Transportation has been Maine family owned and operated. Today we employ over 500 full-time employees. One hundred and fifty of them are on the Poland Spring account, which represents $10 million a year in payroll. These are good jobs. If you do the math, the average salary of our workers is about $67,000 per year, including full benefits.

These jobs wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Poland Spring. If extremists are successful, 150 of my co-workers will be out of work, and maybe I will too.

Hartt has made over $32 million in capital investments just to service the Poland Spring account. That includes buying trucks, trailers and the parts to maintain them, all of which we purchased from other Maine companies and which help support Maine jobs. From the dealerships to fuel stations to tire suppliers, there are hundreds of Mainers who have benefited from our partnership with Poland Spring. Many of them are right here in Lewiston-Auburn.

Maine needs more companies like Poland Spring. We must reject anti-business crusaders who gleefully threaten a trusted Maine company and willfully jeopardize hundreds of good paying jobs. Perhaps they have that luxury. Real Maine families do not

Ricky Hughes, terminal manager

Hartt Transportation Systems, Bangor and Auburn

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I have a question for all you

I have a question for all you small minded liberals. Do lobsterman pay a tax for the resource they remove from our state coastal waters? How about lumber companies, do they pay one for every tree they remove? Oh by the way Grady, their neighbors have never complained about low water tables. The only people complaing are people like yourself who envy companies like Poland Spring. I worked for Poland Spring for 5 years and know that their neighbors over in Poland and their other plants have never complained when a dry summer occours. Most of them are tapped into the same aquafers. Maine home owners with drilled wells don't pay a resource tax or extraction tax.  Maine people do not own the aquafer under Poland Spring. Poland Spring owns the land above those aquafers and they pay the taxes for that land. Why is it you people always want to attack companies that do well in this state.

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Well Lil, small minds like

Well Lil, small minds like yours are what's causing a lot of business to leave this state. Its seems that in your small mind, that businesses like Poland Spring can never pay enough. Tell me, what would you and tron say if you were at the receiving end of this  little fiasco. What would you feel like if joe liberal public were constantly after you for more money in the way of taxation. I know what I would do. I would tell you to fly a kite and move my company to where I'm wanted and appreciated for what I do for the community and to hell with you. You should own your own business and get the real feel of what its like.

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See ya.

The state should just give away assets? That sounds rather socialistic/communist to me.

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water

How much do they pay for the water?

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So you don't think that

So you don't think that Poland Spring pays for what it takes do you tron. Well I going to add a little bit more information here. Not only does Poland Spring pay Hart Transportation millions in transportion fees, Poland Spring itself owns a fleet of trucks of its own that they purchase parts and tires for from local L/A companies. They also employ hundreds of employees to run the plants and drive those trucks. But you like tron, anytime you wish, you could step in a pay the taxes the Poland Spring pays. They pay in the thousands  for what you call excise tax for each one opf those trucks. They pay sales tax for all the parts and fuel that those trucks use. They also pay property taxes, cause they own the land that sits on top of the aquafers they draw the water from. They are also regulated in the number of gallons the state allows them to draw form those same aquafers. So tron, do you still think they pay nothing for something they own.

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So you don't think that

So you don't think that Poland Spring pays for what it takes do you tron. Well I going to add a little bit more information here. Not only does Poland Spring pay Hart Transportation millions in transportion fees, Poland Spring itself owns a fleet of trucks of its own that they purchase parts and tires for from local L/A companies. They also employ hundreds of employees to run the plants and drive those trucks. But you like tron, anytime you wish, you could step in a pay the taxes the Poland Spring pays. They pay in the thousands  for what you call excise tax for each one opf those trucks. They pay sales tax for all the parts and fuel that those trucks use. They also pay propery taxes, cause they own the land that sits on top of the aquafers they draw the water from. They are also regulated in the number of gallons the state allows them to draw form those same aquafers. So tron, do you still think they pay nothing for something they own.

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Alaska

Or Alaska! They're as socialistic as it gets, taxing them oil companies for removing their oil. Why didn't the Wasilla Gorilla put a stop to it?

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