KINGFIELD – On Dec. 14, Poland Spring Water Company and the Kingfield community celebrated the groundbreaking for a water bottling plant off Route 27 in Kingfield.

After two years of planning and permitting, construction is under way at the approximately 350-acre site just south of the village of Kingfield.

A celebratory luncheon at Kingfield’s Webster Hall brought together Kingfield officials, residents, Water District and Planning Board members, and Poland Spring and NestlĂ© Waters North America representatives to kick off construction of the plant, which is expected to bring at least 60 new jobs when it opens in early 2008. The plant represents an investment of more than $60 million for Poland Spring, and is expected to generate in excess of 100 construction jobs. Twenty workers are already on site.

Bradbury Spring in Kingfield was first identified as a possible source in 2005. Since then, Poland Spring and local officials have worked with groundwater experts to better understand the dynamics of groundwater flow and the specific qualities of the groundwater resources in and around Kingfield.

Poland Spring Water Company is a division of Nestlé Waters North America Inc. It employs 700 people in Maine at plants in Poland Spring and Hollis.