By Wanda Curtis
While many Maine businesses have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, business in Hermon has been booming. Director of Economic
and Community Development Scott Perkins said that Hermon is one of
the fastest growing communities in Maine, per capita, with strong growth
in residential home construction, commercial and industrial business expans-
ion, and new business building projects. He said that local businesses have
met the challenge of the pandemic by adding services and refining their
approaches to market conditions.
“Major investments from businesses offering new services or growing
their market share have kept Hermon busy with economic development
projects in the industrial zone and village commercial area,” said Perkins.
“New business growth remains strong with several recently completed
projects and new projects underway in our community.”
According to Perkins, some of those projects have included new construction by
Hopkins Paving, LLC to provide support for offices and garages, as well as space
for the paving and milling business and new container roll-off service for demo
debris, Ellis Commercial Development constructing a Dollar General on Route 2,
Hermon Family Dental building a new location on Billings Road, Sinclair Home Home Heating Fuels building a new location on Route 2, Northeast Cable beginning opment of development of an industrial property in Freedom Park, and Eurovia Atlantic Coast
LLC developing a new property on Odlin Road for liquid asphalt storage and distri-
bution along with an aggregate sales business expansion for the region. Matthews Brothers also plan to install a new major industrial manufacturing line for their win- dows business which could potentially result in about 50 new positions.
In addition to those projects, Maine Salt Company, Bouchard Towing, Hidden Beauty,
Valley Home Services, Covey Physical Therapy, The Shop, and Gardner Construction
Enterprises on Route 2 also made major investments by expanding their existing locations
in Hermon, Perkins said.
Unlike many employers nationwide, Hermon employers have not struggled with
employee recruitment and retention. The many new residents moving into the area
have contributed to the already existing strong workforce in the area, he said.
In regards to attracting new businesses, Perkins said that Hermon offers strong local
incentive programs for individuals creating new value. Those include tax incentives, infrastructure installations, marketing, business equipment loan subsidies, and loan
programs with financial support for planning and site development. He said that the
incentive programs, in combination with the exceedingly low tax rate, logistical
transportation advantages, available workforce, and streamlined approval processes,
provide businesses with an opportunity to succeed. He reported that, “Giving Busi- nesses the Edge,” was the tag line recently adopted by the town council, planning
board, and municipal administrators in Hermon.
The division manager of the Liquid Asphalt section of Eurovia Atlantic Coast
LLC Casey Tuttle said they chose to do business in Hermon because the town
streamlined the approval processes and also offered incentive programs. He said
they’ve had a good working relationship with the town.
The owners of Hartford’s Auto Service relocated their business to Freedom Industrial Park, last year, after servicing customers in the Brewer area for many years. Sally
Hartford said the town of Hermon was very welcoming and supportive during the
relocation process. She said the town kept them informed regarding local code regu-
lations. She said the town also assisted them with marketing and advertising their their business. She added that the location of Freedom Industrial Park, near I-95 and I-395, as well as the low taxes, were both factors in their decision to relocate to that area. The larger building will allow them to expand and hire new employees
in the future, she said.
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