This medal was awarded to the Bates Manufacturing Company in 1951 for 100 years of valued service. The Jordan Marsh Company bestowed this medal to the mills, “commemorating our New England centennial associates whose integrity of character and preservation of American business principles have benefited the New England states.” In these 100 years, the mill became one of the country’s most famous textile manufacturers and for a time was one of the largest employers in Maine, functioning as an important part of the industries of the state.