Sen. Libby tours Maine Thread Company in Lewiston

Posted: September 22, 2017 | Senator Libby
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Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, toured the operations of Maine Thread Company in Lewiston on September 7. Owners Ron and Rusty Vallee invited the Senator to learn more about their nearly 60-year-old business and meet their employees.

“Ron and Rusty have truly brought Maine Thread Company into the 21st Century and harnessed the internet to sell their product overseas,” said Sen. Libby following the tour. “When most of their customers left Maine, they figured out how to sell their product online and to new types of customers. It is clear to me after meeting with everyone at Maine Thread Company that they’re dedicated to their employees and to doing business in Lewiston.”

Maine Thread Company was founded in 1958 as a supplier to Maine and New England’s hand sewn footwear industry. Their signature product is waxed cord, but they also produce other threads, tools, and miscellaneous items. Today their waxed thread is still used in hand sewn footwear produced by popular footwear brands around the world.

In October 2016, an industrial spill caused by a third party seeped into Maine Thread Company’s facility, temporarily shutting down operations so that a thorough cleanup could be conducted. Sen. Libby helped the company obtain fair compensation from the responsible party for the closure and lost inventory, which allowed the business to get back up and running.

Sen. Libby and Rusty Vallee of Maine Thread Co. talk in the company’s Lewiston facility

Sen. Libby and Rusty Vallee of Maine Thread Co. talk in the company’s Lewiston facility

Rusty Vallee shows Sen. Libby how the company produces thread for their customers

Rusty Vallee shows Sen. Libby how the company produces thread for their customers

Sen. Libby, Rusty Vallee, and Ron Vallee talk about recent challenges faced, and overcome, by Maine Thread Co.

Sen. Libby, Rusty Vallee, and Ron Vallee talk about recent challenges faced, and overcome, by Maine Thread Co.

Businesses interested inviting Sen. Libby to tour their offices or facilities can reach out to his office at (207) 287-1515 or email him at nathan.libby@legislature.maine.gov.