A vodka and rum distillery in Maine owned by the maker of Jim Beam bourbon is closing down and eliminating about 160 jobs.
It was interesting reading the comments attached to the article . A large number of commentors somehow in their wormy little minds managed to blame LePage for the loss of the jobs.I'm wondering if they blame him for the job that were lost at Geiger as well? Those kind of comments really accentuate just how many truly home grown low information voters are out there.
The simple facts of the matter are that Maine is not a great place to do business. A few decades ago Maine was home to many "minimum wage empires" but those jobs have long fled to cheaper labor, lower energy costs and easier access to larger markets .The newer industries that are less labor intensive and understand how to manage a bottom line , leave before they are sucked dry.
Kudos to any Maine entrepreneur who thinks up a great idea ,gets it rolling ,sells out to someone ,makes a boatload of money and moves on....before the lowlifes in Augusta redistribute or regulate them into insolvency
A good litmus test for all these "business professionals" that have all the answers for running a company in Maine is this;
Have you ever stayed awake at night wondering how you're going to make payroll after some unforseen mini-disaster hits your bottom line?
That usually is met with that slack-jawed look that these idiots have when they think you retar......er, mentally challanged.
This kind of job-loss story will stop only when Maine-grown companies go out and buy up similar companies in other parts of the country or world and bring the jobs here.
mainemom... that's a nice thought but until we allow entrepreneurs to keep their "fair share" I don't see a lot of that happening. In the meantime those who have the drive and intelligence to make it big and move away more power to them. There's has to be an incentive to stay.
Every time a Maine firm is bought out by a national conglomerate that pledges to retain or increase the in-state jobs, my BS alarm automatically goes off.
........"A good litmus test for all these "business professionals" that have all the answers for running a company in Maine is this"........
It is truly amazing to see how much knowledge this bunch thinks they have, on every subject!
The same people, every day, sit around at the keyboard, or whatever device they have, and spend hours commenting on every subject. They hate Lepage, G Bush and anything and everything Conservative, and go "tit for tat" with each other for hours. They must have nothing else to do. The comments sections have become a great wasteland! I don't even bother to read them any more as they are so predictable.
The same people that "government" is aimed at, are also the logical target of the "government propaganda arm". We should not be surprised. Anyone with brains these days has found other, more reliable sources of information.
We have three wood stoves we have to light every day, this time of year. As much as I need paper to start them with, I refuse to buy their printed garbage. I rely instead on the weekly free papers, shopping guides, and cardboard boxes from the grocery store.
The "government media" has lowered themselves into the cesspool completely, no wonder they are on the way out. I suspect that some will survive, with government subsidies, eventually, as they will have to keep this machine running, in order to keep the worthless masses entertained.
Can the "lions vs Christians" be far away?
Never fear, you have orgainizations like the Midcoast Regional Redeveloment Authority that have spent over $165 million of your tax dollars bringing 175 subsidized jobs to Brunswick that will disappear as soon as the tax breaks and subsidies expire.
You m,ean to tell me that "quality of place" just isn't enough?
I hope the progressives don't get your address
ugeneto ..I don't think that Maine has a lock on quality of place, scenery or good people .I love Maine, the family has been here in the same town for 220 years...., Then again people ask me why I've never moved away if I'm unhappy with the way things are I tell them that I'm a product of so many generations of small town inbreeding that I'm not bright enough to leave ,LOL.
WC don't stop reading other people's posts I believe most people read yours....I like the back and forth even though I don't always agree......
I wonder, has anyone asked the booze maker why they are leaving? Can we ask them, for example, is it because of the acts/actions of Lepage? Is it because of the layers of Liberal/Marxist controls/laws/taxes that drove them out?
Did they decide to leave before or after the liberals regained control of both houses?
It is time for Maines #1 selling adult beverage to return home to it's roots.
Let the cry go forth from Kittery to Madawaska ,from Jackman to Calais,
"Bring Fat Ass in a Glass" home!!!!!
What's all the fuss? The Democrats will soon be establishing their Gun Control Commando Corps with hundreds of jobs.
I've been to Kentucky and enjoyed the State. Conservative ideology is embraced and I got the impression that I went back in time to a period when liberties prevailed.
"I've been to Kentucky . . "
Kentucky rocks. I went through 10-11 days ago, listening to WKBP out of Crab Ochard, part of the way. I heard their sell it/swap it show which caught my attention with three firearms being the first items I heard. There were a couple more gun calls before the show ended and they switched to their weekly civics lesson.
While Kentucky is a big booze producer, they have more dry counties than wet, with a smattering of moist or on premise only. Religion is strong, weather is temperate and any Lewiston boozemaker who takes up the offer to relocate could do a lot worse.
My younger brother lives in Kentucky and it's a nice state. Couple the willing workforce, MUCH lower taxes and expendables, much shorter heating season, and more willing business climate, and one can easily see why it makes sense to relocate there...from a business perspective.
If you want welfare benefits, you move to Maine. If you want a friendly business climate, you do not.
That is not a fault of LePage, but those who set up the failed business model before him.
Maine has quite a few up and coming "Craft Distilleries" around the state making some very good Vodka, Rum and Gin.
Hopefully some of the 160 displaced workers can find gainful employment with some of these companies ?
Good opportunity to promote the "Made in Maine" Brand
life is too short to drink cheap booze! quite frankly "White Rock Distillery Lewiston Me." was always a turn off for me. always saw them as a "Bottom Shelf" Quantity of Quality type of Business Model. But it still sucks to loose that many jobs, and another Manufacturing Business in Maine.
We can't all drink that top shelf stuff like Allen's Coffee Brandy.
Go here and take a look at some of the bizarre products they make, including 'cookie dough' vodka.
What's next? 'Throw up in your mouth' vodka, so you can enjoy things from the first sip on?
I think that may be the first time that "Allens Coffee Brandy" and "Top Shelf" were used in a Sentence !
Gee, I think Allens is made in Mass. to boot! http://allenscoffeebrandy.com/history.htm
I never inhaled any, but I sure bought enough of it !
"I'm from the DECD and I'm here to help!"
....you move your business!
Gee, I think Allens is made in Mass.
Yes, and that company ships about a million bottles of Allen's to Maine every year.
Now if they moved their plant to Maine, they could save thousands in shipping costs.
Wasn't it made in Lewiston to begin with?
One of the small breweries in Maine needs to make their own coffee brandy, and cash in on the market. We have all manner of small makers creating other types of liquor or beer. Why not a Maine brand of coffee liquor?
You've fallen into the "creative economy" trap set by Baldacci and company that depends on an upscale (read affluent) clientele.
Allens' allure isn't for the moneyed aristocrats.
Allens Coffee Brandy
Able to remove small articles of clothing with a single touch.
It doesn't even have to taste good.
That's what the milk is for.