Huhtamaki - Waterville receives Governor’s Award

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME — Huhtamaki's  Waterville plant was recognized with the Governor's Award for Business Excellence at a ceremony in South Portland Friday morning for their achievements in manufacturing, as well as a commitment to employees and the community in Waterville.
The award is presented annually to for-profit companies that demonstrate a consistently high level of attentiveness and dedication in those areas mentioned.
"On behalf of our Waterville employees and everyone at Huhtamaki, we are extremely honored to receive this award," Waterville Plant Manager Ray McMullin said. "It solidifies our long-standing tradition of providing an excellent workplace and service to the Waterville community while serving as a reward for the tireless efforts of our highly valued employees."
Huhtamaki-Waterville employs nearly 500 people and has been a major employer in the community for more than 100 years, originally opening its doors as the Keyes Fibre Company in 1908. It is also the birthplace of the famous Chinet® brand of disposable tableware products.
In 2013, the company donated nearly 2,000 cases of Chinet® plates to non-profit, fraternal and charitable organizations throughout Maine including veterans' organizations, Elks and Masonic lodges, Granges, youth athletic teams, the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, civic clubs, schools, parent-teacher organizations and volunteer fire departments. The standard cost on these donations exceeded $42,000.
Huhtamaki-Waterville made more than $70,000 in charitable cash contributions in Maine in 2013 to go with the material donations.
For more information, contact Paul Anderson at Huhtamaki's Waterville facility at (207) 861-7258 or Wess Hudelson at the Huhtamaki North American headquarters at (913) 583-3025.