L.L. Bean and Worcester Wreath Part Ways 

Catherine Pegram

For the first time in more than a quarter century, L.L.Bean is not selling holiday wreaths from the Worcester Wreath Company in Washington county. Neither company would offer any specific reasons for ending their long-running relationship. A spokesperson for L.L. Bean would only tell us, “It was a number of factors over a long period of time.” In recent years the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington has gained national acclaim for placing wreaths on all the graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Owner Morrill Worcester says despite loosing L.L. Bean as a prominent customer, his company will survive. “It’s effected us that they were a big piece of our business. We didn’t find out until mid may that they weren’t going to use us anymore so we had to do a little scrambling to make up for that. We were able to do that. We’re not going to have a banner year but we’re certainly going to have a good year.” L.L. Bean says it will now buy about 70 percent of its wreaths and evergreen products from a company out of Machias – the rest from a company in Oregon.