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A great place to work...
Historically, Wilton's economy has been
based upon manufacturing, agriculture and forestry. In the town's early
relied upon water to power grist mills, saw mills, carding and spinning
mills and canning factories. The first cotton mill in Maine was started
in Wilton in 1810.
For a greater part of the 20th century G. H. Bass & Co. and Forster
Inc. provided mill jobs for several hundred employees. As the
shoe making and wood products industries began to move offshore in the
1980's and 90's Wilton became a town in transition taking advantage of
its intrinsic resources it has successfully arrived at the following
- Wilton’s central location at the
crossroads of Routes 2 and 4 is ideal for shipments and deliveries in
and out of sizable warehouse storage space locally available.
- Many of the previous shop and mill
workers have taken advantage of the Maine state job retraining programs
and are now gainfully reemployed.
- A precision plastic injection molding
business has grown to employ over 200 semi-skilled workers operating on
a 24/7 basis.
- A prim example of diversification in
past ten years is a state-of -the-art call center where 200+ trained
employees support several nationally recognized companies.
- The Town of Wilton maintains a
Loan Fund from which local businesses can apply of low interest loans
to support their operational needs.
- Available telecommunication service
spans from local dial-up internet, to DSL, to high speed broadband and
- Four different social service agency
offices employing some 80 persons are located in Wilton.
- From Wilton there are three major
airports located within a two hour drive.
- Two local commercial lodgings provide
over 120 available rooms complete with a variety of services.
- The University of Maine at
an award winning liberal arts college, is a next door neighbor to
Wilton. There are four other well know colleges within a 35 mile
- In addition to a modern dialysis
Wilton has various medical and dental practice offices. A modern
regional hospital is located adjacent to the Wilton town line.
- Wilton provides a well rounded
residential community with its tow bank branches, local library,
multiple convenience stores and gas stations, food and hardware
stores. Local restaurants provide dining form pizza to gourmet
An ideal location
The Town of Wilton is an ideal location for
a small- to medium-sized company specializing in technology-related
- We have the location.
- We have the people.
- We want to help you succeed.
Tax Increment Financing
allows qualifying businesses to purchase equipment, make capital
improvements, etc., and apply the resulting property taxes to debt
service for the purchases or improvements. In some parts of the TIF
target area, the Town of Wilton may extend water and sewer lines for a
new or expanding business, then apply the business' property tax to the
installation cost. In either case, a qualifying new or expanding
business can have at least part of its capital debt offset by all or a
portion of its property taxes.
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