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October 20, 2007
   Sheri Tripp, Marketing Manager

Stonewall Kitchen Earns Maine Merchants Retailer of the Year Award

York, Maine — On October 19th, 2007, Stonewall Kitchen of York was recognized as the Maine State Retailer of the Year by the Maine Merchants Association. Roger Pomerleau of the Market Place of Augusta and Andrew Charles of Westbrook-headquartered Haven's Candies shared the MMA's 2007 Government Service Award.

Stonewall Kitchen, founded in 1991 adds this award to its roster of awards, including the Governor's Business Excellence Award for the State of Maine in 1999 and acclaimed finalists in the regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002, and in the same year owners Jonathan King and Jim Stott were awarded the SBA Small Business of the Year Award for Maine.

Governor Baldacci spoke at the award ceremony noting the company's growth since its beginning in Kittery, Maine and the continuing commitment from Stott and King to stay in Maine. Their company store, located in York, has become a destination for tourists and a truly welcoming first stop to visitors from all over the US and the world.

Established in 1991, Stonewall Kitchen has developed eight retail stores (three in Maine), 6,000 wholesale accounts, and growing catalog and Internet sales. Employment has increased from 37 in 1999 to current year-round average of 250. Seasonally Stonewall Kitchen employs over 400 in the fourth quarter. Stonewall Kitchen's complete line of specialty foods is manufactured in the York facility. Throughout the past 16 years the company has received dozens of awards for their products from the National Association of Specialty Foods Trades.

Maine Merchant Association President, Jim McGregor noted he was pleased to nominate and present Stonewall Kitchen with this year's award. Some recent recipients have included Hammond Lumber, Reny's, Marden's, Greenville's Indian Hills Trading Post and Lamey-Wellehan.