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February 24, 2023

Milbridge-based Wyman's promotes employee with versatile skill set

Courtesy/Wyman's April Norton has been promoted to vice president of human resources at Wyman's.

Wyman’s, a family-owned processor and marketer of wild blueberries, has promoted a long-time employee to vice president of human resources. 

April Norton has been with Wyman’s since 2015 and now oversees recruitment, retention, succession, compensation, benefits, compliance and workplace safety for the Milbridge-based company. 

Norton is on the board of the Sunrise County Economic Council, as well as the Maine Seacoast Mission. She grew up in Garland and holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from the University of Maine and recently earned certification as a Registered Maine Guide.

“We are fortunate to have an incredible team and culture at Wyman’s, and April has led the charge in creating the strategies, practices and policies so that the team can thrive in their personal and professional lives,” said Tony Shurman, Wyman’s president and CEO. “In addition to helping build our award-winning team, she’s developed and implemented programs that deepen our ties to the communities where our employees work and live, and helped Wyman’s support organizations and initiatives that are moving Maine forward.”

Norton has led the company’s deeper involvement with community organizations. She led the launch of Wyman’s “Wildly Better Days,” which gives employees dedicated workdays to volunteer with local organizations, including Rock Maple Cemetery in Harrington, Women for Healthy Rural Living and Gateway Milbridge, a local nonprofit revitalization organization.

“Our employees really want to give back,” said Norton. “We all want to live and work in nice, safe, engaging communities where everyone feels welcome. As a larger employer in our area, we can tackle a lot within our walls. But I truly believe that there’s so much we can do outside of our company to help the community, which has some amazing groups.”

Wyman’s is a fifth-generation, family-owned company that was founded in 1874 by Jasper Wyman. It has more than 200 full-time employees and another 300 seasonal workers. The company owns 55,000 acres throughout Maine and the Canadian Maritimes and works with partner farmers worldwide.

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