Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes an article on the B&M Baked Bean factory in Portland.
Inside, the production line is gravity-fed, for the most part. On the top floor, empty 200-pound iron bean pots swing from a ceiling-mounted rail system. Hairnet-clad workers use brute force to roll the cauldron-like pots from one station to the next, filling them with beans, molasses, cane sugar and other ingredients.
The article includes a video interview with Thomas Coreau who has worked at the plant for nearly a third of the company’s 150 year history.