Seasonal businesses in central Maine struggle to find workers as economic conditions improve

Auto detailer Aaron Brann uses an extractor while deep cleaning seats in a vehicle at Morrissette Inc. in Waterville recently. Owner Dave Morrissette said over the course of 45 years in business he never had to advertise for summer help, but that’s changed. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Since 1976, Morrissette Inc. has been detailing and repairing cars and selling both used cars and diesel tractors in Waterville. Over the course of 45 years it never had to advertise for summer help because there usually were about a half-dozen applications that always were on file to draw from.

But the coronavirus pandemic changed that. Company owner Dave Morrissette said for the first time he had to advertise for help this summer, without much success.

The lack of seasonal help “severely impacts my summer income,” Morrissette said.

Morrissette’s experience is the same for many other businesses in central Maine that are looking to ramp up services in the…

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