The Poland Spring bottling company will be honored today when its Kingfield plant receives the 2010 Best Factory/Manufacturing Excellence award.

Nestle Waters North America, which owns Poland Spring, will present the award at 11:45 a.m.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will participate in the ceremony, along with Kingfield and Franklin County officials, community leaders and local high school students. Collins is expected to tour the plant and meet employees.

In just over two years since it opened, the plant in Kingfield has nearly doubled its work force, from 36 to 70 employees, in a rural part of Maine that needs jobs and economic development.

Kingfield is home to Poland Spring’s smallest and most rural water bottling facility. Kingfield is farther from major markets in Boston and New York than any of Poland Spring’s other plants.

Poland Spring operates three bottling plants, in Poland Spring, Hollis and Kingfield. The company operates spring sources in several other Maine towns.

Most recently, Poland Spring invested $4.1 million in a spring water station project in Fryeburg.

Poland Spring employs nearly 800 full-time and seasonal workers in Maine.