Industrial Development Corporation of Sanford (IDC)

The Industrial Development Corporation of Sanford (IDC) was established as a local non-profit corporation in 1959 by a group of area business, banking and professional people.

The IDC aims to promote and enhance the cultural and economic aspects of the greater Sanford community, including south Sanford, downtown Sanford and the village of Springvale to the north.  The IDC’s Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of professionals with expertise that they use to provide leadership to businesses in the area.  Where appropriate, the board may also choose to use the IDC’s assets as a catalyst to promote and enhance economic growth in the Sanford region.

Soon after it was established, the IDC raised a significant amount of money through the sale of bonds to people and businesses in and around Sanford.  With the money raised, the IDC purchased a large tract of land in South Sanford in the vicinity of the Airport.  In 1962 the Sanford Industrial Estates was formed as a place for manufacturing industries to locate their operations. Essential infrastructure including roads, sewer, water and power were developed to allow a building to be quickly constructed.  As a demonstration of the IDC’s commitment to welcoming new businesses, a speculative 18,750 ft2 building, easily expandable if needed, was constructed and readied for immediate occupancy.  American Cyanamid (now Evonik Cyro) and Sprague Electric (Vishay) established operations in the area.  Sanford-based Adams Trucking constructed a new and larger terminal and relocated their operations to the industrial parks as well.

In 1995 the IDC constructed a 20,000 sq. ft. building and leased it to Vishay. The building eventually became one of the State of Maine’s Composite Technology Centers and is now home to York County Community College's Precision Machining Technology Program.

In 2001, as the original industrial park approached full capacity, the IDC undertook the development of a second industrial park contiguous to the first. The infrastructure was added and lots made ready for sale and building construction.  Several lots have already been sold and developed by industrial tenants.  The remaining lots are highlighted on the map shown on this page.  Each parcel is shown outlined in yellow on the map below – click on the parcel to view the property report and for details on pricing, utilities, and more.

The IDC is a founding member organization of the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council and remains committed to supporting the efforts to bring new businesses to Sanford.

Sanford Industrial Parks is one of Maine’s top five industrial parks by area.  With over 600 acres and 48 tenants, including regionally and nationally recognized businesses like Maine Manufacturing and Tom’s of Maine, it is a thriving center for business and industry.  The industrial estate is located in South Sanford, only a few minutes from the Maine Turnpike with Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport at its heart.  Use our interactive map to view and learn more about the businesses currently operating in Sanford Industrial parks.

For more information about land, building and development opportunities for the IDC properties, please contact Lorisa Ricketts, Assistant to the Executive Director, Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council at 207-324-9155 or