Welcome to the "Manufacturing Matters"
January 2018 e-newsletter!

Please send company news to
info@mainemfg.com. Enjoy!

Membership is Key 
to our success in growing manufacturing in Maine!

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Look Who Joined MAMe!

Coulombe Manufacturing Consultants in , ME
Manufacturing/engineering services

Dielectric in Raymond, ME

Broadcast products

Mainebiz Publication -
Making it in Maine 

In 2017, MAMe's Media Partner, Mainebiz, created the "Making it in Maine" publication for students, educators, and manufacturers with the purpose of highlighting the innovation, workforce, and best aspects of manufacturing companies in Maine. 20,000 copies were distributed to schools across the state of Maine.

The magazine can be found online HERE!

To take advantage of our new Mainebiz subscription for members only, click the link below!


Want to get involved this year? Interested in sponsoring an event? Contact Zach Vincent at info@mainemfg.com or the MAMe office at 207-747-4406.

If you'd like to see what else MAMe has in store, check out our events
page at www.mainemfg.com/events/ 

Scholarship Update!
Application Period Open Jan. 1st - April 30th

The MAMe Career and Foundation Scholarship has begun accepting applications! From January 1st to April 30th, we will be accepting applications for students that are interested in furthering their education in Maine with a goal of a career in manufacturing in mind. For details click below!


Robotics Institute of Maine

RIM is supported solely through the generous donations of Maine companies and grants. The growth and demand of competitive robotics is requiring more funding. These programs are becoming the gold standard for how middle and high school STEM education can change to offer a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience to prepares students for hi-tech careers. Your donations are used for the following:

»» Team Registration Fees
»» Classroom Kits for Teachers
 »» Replacement of Materials
 »» Maine Tournaments
»» Teacher & Mentor Training

YOU are making a difference! RIM’s efforts have tripled the number of students
engaging in hands-on STEM learning!


MAMe B2B Lead Generation Services

Jackson Associates in partnership with Research Consultants International develops new business leads for manufacturers and other companies in the “traded sector.”

This capability was recently added to the MAMe Business Growth Services Group as part of a Defense Diversification Program.  By providing business leads in new commercial markets (regionally, nationally and globally), it vastly assisted these defense dependent firms during a period of defense budget cuts and contributed immensely to the MAMe recently being awarded by the North East Economic Development Association its “Program of the Year Award.”

Companies interested in expanding their markets by accessing and utilizing RCI’s 
C-suite networks and relationships should contact Lisa G. Martin at lisa@mainemfg.com or Brad Jackson at brad@researchconsultantsinternational.com.  We’ll introduce you to decision makers where you can present the value proposition you offer.  Jackson Associates teams with the Manufacturer’s Association of Maine to enhance the State’s “Business Retention and Expansion” capabilities.

Remembering Friends of MAMe

Rich Grich

It is with heavy heart that we say good-bye to Rich Grich, our Maine Aerospace Alliance (MEAA) Director. Rich passed away January 16, 2018 of cancer after a very short illness. He leaves his wife Karen of Brunswick. Rich joined the Manufacturers Association of Maine in 2010 when he accepted the position of Director of our newly created Aerospace Alliance. Rich came to us with years of experience in the aerospace industry. During his time with us, he engaged 50 companies to join the alliance, developed the Aeronautical Engineering courses at UM, along with Dave Rubenstein and UM engineering team, provided numerous contracts to our MEAA members, set up trade shows, partnerships and events all related to bringing aerospace work to Maine companies.

Maine had not focused on aerospace as part of the economic development efforts in the past but because of the great work done by Rich, Maine now has a multitude of growth activity around this sector. The association continues work in the aerospace sector on behalf of our member companies.

Rich graduated with a BSME - University of New Haven, served in the US Navy, and was awarded several patents and awards including NASA Group Achievement Award – Hubble Space Telescope 1986.

Here at the association, we are terribly sad to lose such a valued part of our manufacturing community. He was a dear friend to so many of us. He was so gracious to continue the MEAA work long after funding ran out. He was Maine’s “Aerospace Guy!”

On behalf of our association, our board, and our community of manufacturers…

Farewell Rich Grich… keep smiling.

Service will be held Jan31st, 11AM at St. John's, Pleasant St. Brunswick, ME.

Daryl Gushee, 1963-2017

It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to long time MAMe member, Daryl Gushee. He was not only a member, but an avid supporter of manufacturing in Maine.

Daryl ran Rigging & Heavy Hauling Company in New Gloucester. After 35 years he still loved what he did. Daryl was an avid and enthusiastic antique collector. He will be missed in the manufacturing community.

Laurie Ann Vigue, 1955-2017

We are sad to say goodbye to Laurie Vigue from Maine MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership). 

Laurie will be remembered for many wonderful things, most notably her smile which helped to convey her loving, caring nature as a devoted and dedicated person to all who knew her. Add intelligence, resourcefulness, compassion and passion to the mix and she is a woman who will be greatly missed.

Energy Corner

Did you know the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that about 11% of world marketed energy consumption is from renewable energy sources with a projection for 15% by 2040?

MAMe members can manage their energy strategy in new and powerful ways with Constellation's full range of integrated energy solutions. Visit energy.constellation.com/MAMe.

Al Tarkinson with Edward Jones, is a Manufacturers Association Member and Financial Advisor for the Manufacturers Association of Maine Scholarship Fund.

Al became the Financial Advisor for the education fund, which provides scholarships to students in Maine, in 2013.

Did you know that the average credit card holder has 3.5 credit cards, according to the Federal Reserve?

Contact Al at 207-839-8233

Industry Corner

Steve Tenney, UBS Wealth Management

"As a successful person with big goals, you require truly valuable financial advice that maximizes your ability to achieve your most important personal and professional financial objectives.

That means you need to work with professionals who connect with you. Who relate to you. Who understand you well enough to really “get” what you want your money to accomplish and why.

To get advice that works, it’s important to understand your own high-net-worth personality so you can select and work with advisors who are an ideal match."

Click here to read the full article by Steve Tenney at UBS Financial Services!

Safe Lifting Tips from MEMIC
  • Keep lifts between knee and shoulder height.
  • Limit weight to 35 pounds and consider lift assist devices such as vacuum lifts for greater loads. Anything lifted manually over 35 pounds should be a two person lift.
  • Avoid placing work on the floor. Double up pallets to raise load platform.
  • Consider dynamic pallet lifts to keep the load in the best position.

Upcoming Events!




Starc Systems
February 15, 2018

166 Orion St. Brunswick, ME

Procter & Gamble Tambrands
March 15, 2018



Shaw & Tenney, April 12, 2018
May - TBD
Rubb Building Systems -
End of the Season BBQ, June 21, 2018



SME Lean Manufacturing Round Table Series

Jan 30, 2018- Modula, Lewiston
Feb 27, 2018-Idexx Laboratories, Westbrook
Mar 27, 2018- American Rheinmetall Systems, Biddeford
April 24, 2018- Martin's Point Healthcare, Brunswick

APICS & C.H. Robinson
2018 Transportation Industry Update

February 27, 2018

1:00-5:00PM at the Clarion Hotel in Portland, ME


Maine MEP - Workshop to Assess NIST SP 800-171 Security Requirements in Response to DFARS Cybersecurity Requirements
8:00AM-12:00PM or 1:00PM-5:00PM January 25, 2018

TechPlace, 74 Orion St. Brunswick, ME

Verrill Dana - 2018 Annual Employment Law Update
8:00AM-6:00PM January 25, 2018

Westin Harbor View Hotel in Portland, ME

Fiber Materials Inc. - Career Fair
1:00PM-7:00PM February 1, 2018

FMI, 5 Morin St. Biddeford, ME

SMCC - Introduction to Precision Machining
Thursdays 4:00PM-8:00PM February 8th - May 10th

SMCC South Portland Campus

The Manufacturers Association of Maine
207-747-4406 info@mainemfg.com 


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Bristol Seafood

-Facility & Machine Maintenance Leadperson

Caron Engineering
-Service Technician

DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc.

-Designer/ Draftsperson/ Sales Support

Kennebec Technologies
-2nd Shift CNC Machinist

MaineGeneral Health
-Lean Specialist

Maine Maritime Academy

-Assistant Professor of Engineering

Northeast Laboratory Services
-Microbiology Analyst

Numberall Stamp & Tool Co. Inc.
-Customer Service Manager

Prescott Metal


-CNC Programmer/Engineer

Rubb Building Systems
-Press Operator

-Structural Detailer/Draftsman

-Technical Product Manager

University of Maine Orono
-Large Center Development Associate

Washburn & Doughty

-Ship Fitter

-Marine Electrician

Did you know the 3 major goals of the Manufacturers of Maine Group Trust are to help support a strong loss prevention program, reduce worker’s compensation rates and return surplus funds to the Members?

The Manufacturers Association of Maine and the Manufacturers of Maine Workers’ Compensation Group Trust formed a partnership in 2007 to operate in cooperation with each other to the mutual benefit of their members and the general manufacturing community in Maine.

The Manufacturers of Maine Group Trust was formed in 1993. Its membership includes 21 Maine based manufacturers. The group trust provides workers’ compensation coverage to its members.
Since 1993, the Group Trust has returned just over $9 million dollars of surplus insurance premiums to its members.

Click Here to learn more about how our aggressive safety and claims management programs can put you in control of your workers’ compensation costs, or please contact Zoie Leavitt at zleavitt@crossagency.com or 1-800-698-3267 ext.1013


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If you have 10 or more employees already enrolled in a LegalShield plan by the end of the year, you are eligible.

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(207) 776-0302

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As a small to medium sized manufacturer, your eye is always on the bottom line. You need competitive electric rates from a supplier you can count on. Constellation is that supplier. Constellation is the exclusive energy providers for MAMe members.

Click here to see your executive director, Lisa G. Martin, talk about why Constellation is MAMe's exclusive energy provider.

Contact: Craig Brazell
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