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Catalog Number 2007.10-5
Object Name File, Document
Scope & Content ms 220
Bridgton Industrial Development Corporation Records
1953-1994
Bulk 1953-1966
1 box + ovesized pieces

Minutes of board meetings, correspondence, legal documents and other papers from the Bridgton Industrial Development Corporation and its related offspring, Bridgton Development, Inc. The Bridgton Industrial Development Corporation was founded in in 1953 to encourage industrial development in the town of Brdgton (ME).
Bridgton Development Inc. was founded in 1962 and operated until ca. 1979, apparently an offshoot that operated as a separate entity that could enter into real estate transactions. Papers in the collection reflect its pivotal role in attracting Bridgton Knitting Mills as a tenant to its facility on Route 302 east of Bridgton. The factory was later taken over by Malden Mills, which closed the Bridgton plant after it was able to re-open the original factory in Malden, Massachusetts, which had burned in a 1995 in a spectacular fire that captured national attention.

The collection consists of a three-ring binder which was the official Minutes book of the Bridgton Industrial Corporation, loose papers and records from two other binders which were removed for preservation purposes. It is arranged in two series, Series I is the records directly from the Bridgton Industrial Development Corporation, and Series II is the records of its cousin, Bridgton Development, Inc. Both are arranged in chronological order, reflecting the basic order in which they were received.

Container List

Series IFolder 1 Narrative History of the organization, by Henry A. Shorey, Secretary, 1994.
2 Minutes of Meeting of Bridgton Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee, 1953
3 Bridgton Industrial Development Corporation (BIDC) Waiver of Notice of First Meeting, Stock Subscription, By-laws, and Certificate of Organization, 1953
4.1 BIDC loose papers and correspondence, 1954-1957
4.2 BIDC Shoe Factory Building, Contract, Mortgages, and other documents, 1956-2003
5 BIDC loose papers, Legal documents, 1959
6 BIDC loose papers and correspondence, 1960-1966
7 Central Maine Power report, "Available Manufacturing Space, State of Maine, April, 1976"
8 BIDC Annual Reports (copies), 1976-1988
9 BIDC Minutes of Meetings, 1975-1979
10 BIDC Minutes of Meetings, 1981-1987
11 BIDC Minutes of Meeting, Nov, 1994 and Articles of Dissolution, 1995
12 Blank letterhead and envelopes

Minute Book, Bridgton Industrial Development Corp., 1954-1972

Series IIFolder 1 Bridgton Development, Inc. (BDI), Minutes of first meeting, Certificate Organization, By-laws, 1962
2 BDI Minutes, re: Rita M. Moulton property to lease to Bridgton Knitting Miils, Inc., Jan-Oct, 1963
3 BDI Minutes of Annual Meetings, 1963-1964
4 BDI Records, Transfer of Bridgton Knitting Mills Real Estate to Malden Mills, Inc., 1979
5 BDI Corporate Reports and correspondence with Secretary of State, 1979-1981

Oversized: Newspaper Features, Bridgton News 1963 and Providence Evening Bulletin, 1963, FF1 Drawer 2
Title Bridgton Industrial Development Coproration Records, 1953-1972
Other number ms220