Employers in Veazie, 1994 - 1995
Veazie's economy is highly integrated with the region's economy. In addition to
a number of small employers in the Town, including both retailers and
service providers, there are also several large employers.
Veazie has a number of firms that supply products to the construction industry
of the central Maine area. These firms include American Concrete Industries,
Gagne Precast Concrete, and Lou Silver, Inc.
Because of its central location, Veazie is also home to wholesalers such as Dennis
Paper Co., which supplies paper products and food to restaurants and other
retailers. R.M. Flagg Co. is another prominent wholesaler in the Town,
operating a wholesale restaurant equipment outlet on Route 2.
40 percent of the Town's land base, which measures approximately 4.2
square miles, is currently developed. Of this developed land, almost
all of it is served by the Orono-Veazie Water District and the Veazie
Local Labor Market
Over the long-run, the number
of Veazie residents employed in the area has grown. However, the number
of Veazie residents counted as in the labor force - either employed
or looking for work - has grown sometimes at a faster rate. Recent increases
in the unemployment rate reflects an expansion in the labor force at
a slightly higher rate than the expansion in the number of Veazie residents
1985, there were 609 persons counted as employed in Veazie. By 1994,
this number had grown to 842 persons. This represented a rate of
growth of approximately 40 percent.
the State of Maine, where the unemployment rate was consistently
higher than the local rate, there were 522,000 persons employed
in 1985 and 567,000 persons employed in 1994.
Force Composition by Occupation, 1990
Support, including Clerical
except Protective & Household
Administrative, & Managerial
Production, Craft, & Repair
& Related Support
Operators, Assemblers, & Inspectors
Equipment Cleaners, & Laborers
Forestry, & Fishing
Maine Department of Labor
of the residents of Veazie who were employed in 1990 found themselves
working either in the service sector or in retail-oriented occupations.
This was in keeping with the types of employment found throughout
the area as well as across the United States
Bangor Area, 1995
Average Wages of Selected Occupations
Bangor Chamber of Commerce
residents of Veazie support a number of smaller retail establishments
in the Town. Stores and restaurants, as well as a number of small
service establishments, can be found along Main Street and among residences
in the neighborhoods of the main thoroughfare. A ten minute drive
from the Town is the heart of what is a significant metropolitan shopping
area - the Bangor Mall. This area helps define the extensive consumer
market that contributes to the bustling retail trade sector in Bangor.
& Marketing magazine estimated that in 1994 retail sales per
household were $28,479 in metro Bangor. This was higher than the
New England & US Metro averages.
retail sales in Veazie grew by 3.9 percent between 1990 and 1994.
In 1994, there
were an estimated 1,615 persons residing in the Town of Veazie. Between
1980 and 1990, the number of households in the Town grew by 12 percent,
from 589 to 659. The size of the average household in 1990 was 2.5