Welcome to the "Manufacturing Matters"
October 2017 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!

Seabags, Inc. in Portland, ME
Accessories manufacturing

Aflac Insurance in Auburn, ME

Insurance provider

Machias Savings Bank in Machias, ME

Finance, banking

MAMe's Annual Gala 2017

October 25th, 2017 from 4:30PM-8:00PM
Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave. Portland, ME

MAMe is excited for you to join us as we celebrate 53 years as the voice of manufacturing! Our Annual Meeting this year will be sponsored by HUB Norton Insurance and our keynote speakers will be Howe & Howe Technologies Inc. in Waterboro, ME.

Want to register a table or learn more about the event? CLICK HERE

Want to learn more about Howe & Howe Technologies Inc. or their services? CLICK HERE!

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

Pictured above: Northern Storm robotics team member working with Sen. Angus King to complete the challenge set up  on October 10th, 2017.

Dream It. Do It.
Maine Manufacturing Day
October 5th, 2017

Thank you to all hosts, students, educators, Robotics Team members, and everyone else who helped make MFGDAY 2017 a success! We would also like to thank Pratt & Whitney and Lockheed Martin for setting up the F-35 Simulator at Pratt & Whitney's North Berwick location for over 60 students to attend and experience!

We had several companies host events statewide this year and we are still counting them up as more hosts reach out. To see pictures from the events, click the link below (still adding pictures). If you hosted this year, let us know how many attendees you hosted and how your event went!


It isn't too late to be involved in MFGDAY! We will be handling more tours throughout October (Manufacturing Month in Maine) and the rest of the year! Contact MAMe if  you are interested in supporting Manufacturing Day efforts by hosting a tour for students/educators, contributing to our transportation offset fund, or visiting a classroom near you.

For more information, contact Marion Sprague at marion@mainemfg.com or at 207-747-4406.

Mainebiz Publication -
Making it in Maine 

MAMe's Media Partner, Mainebiz, has created the "Make 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.

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/ 

(Business Growth Services)

Welcome Mike Doyon
BGS Consulting Services Coordinator

MAMe is pleased to welcome Mike Doyon, Michael Doyon Co. as the new BGS Consulting Services Coordinator. Michael’s thirty plus years in manufacturing has encompassed the automation, semiconductor, and metals technologies. His experience in automation troubleshooting, process enhancement, component testing, production control and supply chain management, offers a unique insight into his current focus of Global Trade.  A US Licensed Customs Broker, he assists manufacturers study the feasibility, initiate the path, and navigate the challenges of global trade.  A specialist in less-known trade assistance programs, which improve margin and enhance growth, Michael is committed to the success of Maine Manufacturing. We are pleased to welcome Mike to our team! 

Michael Doyon can be contacted at michael@doyonglobal.com

Request More Information:
All network engagements are designed to fit a company's specific needs. Please contact
info@mainemfg.com to tailor a solution to fit your needs using our extensive Business Growth Services network.   


Energy Corner

Did you know about one-third of Maine's net electricity generation comes from natural gas, and renewables produce 60% of Maine's net electricity generation, which is the highest share in the Eastern United States?

This quarter's Competitive Intelligence Update

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 Bill Gates told his Harvard University professors that he would be a millionaire by age 30? He became a billionaire at age 31.

Contact Al at 207-839-8233

Industry Corner

Michael Ptak, MBA, CFE – Tax Abilities, LLC

Pop Quiz from September 2017 Manufacturing Matters Newsletter:

Pop Quiz #5:  If the Risk Assessment results in at least one area with a substantial risk to the organization, what options are usually found in a risk response plan? 

Answer:  Hint: Traditionally, there are 4 responses. 

Choices, choices.  You have the option to Avoid, Transfer, Mitigate, or Assume the risk.  You may also want to combine some of these approaches.

When you assume the risk, you sit back and keep your fingers crossed.  This typically will be the choice if the Risk Assessment has resulted in a low probability of a loss even happening and that even if a loss did occur that the money involved is low.  This is the area that organizational culture plays a part as well.  As discussed earlier, a risk taking culture may lead an organization to assume the risk even though the probability and monetary loss are not low.

Pop Quiz #6:  If you want to mitigate the risk of loss, implement prevention and detection controls as countermeasures to the risk.  What is the best course of action?

Answer:  The November issue of Manufacturing Matters will have the most common approach.

Tax Abilities, LLC is a Maine company in their 18th year consulting with clients on issues of sales, fuel, property and excise taxes.  Co-founders Michael and Lisa Ptak spent more than 20 years combined at Maine Revenue Services as front line auditors and Managers of the Fuel and Sales Tax Audit Divisions.  There are no hourly fees for discovery of overpayments, and they leave income tax issues to the CPA firms.  Please visit their website www.taxabilitiesllc.com for additional information and contact them at mike@taxabilitiesllc.com, lisa@taxabilitiesllc.com or (207) 784-9265 to reduce your tax burden.

Steve Tenney, UBS Wealth Management

"This summer I sailed in Maine’s 83rd annual Monhegan Regatta. The 102-mile overnight race runs out to Monhegan Island and back to Portland Head Light in Casco Bay. I’m proud to say our boat won the race, reaching the finish at two o’clock in the morning, ahead of 11 other boats.

When you’re at the helm by yourself in the middle of the night, you’ve got lots of time to think. As we raced through the Gulf of Maine, I thought about the strategies we used to guide this boat to the finish line. I realized they aren’t just strategies for sailors – they're fundamental principles that every business leader can learn from. Here are seven key lessons I want to share:"

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

Maine Technology Institute’s
Maine Technical Assets Fund 2.0

In June 2017, voters in Maine approved a bond to fund Maine businesses. Currently, $45M is available in Challenge Funds to Maine companies for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades for research development and commercialization.

Timing: Rolling application, accepted anytime between now and Dec. 2017

The intent of the funds is for capital equipment or infrastructure projects that will lead to holding and gaining market share, increased revenues, expanded employment, and retention of jobs.

On October 2, MTI held a training session here at MAMe for our BGS network consultants to learn about the program and help companies with questions, application requirements and to provide technical assistance to companies once the company is approved for funding.

The BGS consultants who are trained include:





John Dubois

Optimize, Inc.


(207) 831 8638

Ed Kearney

Management Engineering


(207) 838 4607

Mason Ide

Idea Development Expediters


(207) 776 2092

Terry Johnson

Practical Decisions


(207) 653 5150

Tove Rasmussen

Partners Creating Growth


(207) 409 7576


Here is the link to the MTI Asset Fund web page for FAQ and other information.


You can call or email MAMe or any one of the BGS consultants to assist you going forward!

Upcoming Events!


2017 Annual Meeting
4PM-8PM October 25th, 2017
Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave. Portland, ME




L.L. Bean Manufacturing

November 15, 2017

12 Lexington St. Lewiston, ME

Geary's Brewing Holiday Event
Registration costs go to support
Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
December 14, 2017

38 Evergreen Dr. Portland, ME


NIST Cyber Security Training Seminars

November 1, 2017
MAMe Office - 101 McAlister Farm Rd. Portland, ME



Wesco - Digitalization @ Siemens Symposium
October 19, 2017
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Rd. Framingham, MA 01701


Verrill Dana - Exploring New Passages for Business Growth in the Arctic & North Atlantic
October 19, 2017
Verrill Dana in Portland, ME


New York Automation & Robotics Conference
October 23, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick St. Troy, NY 12180


Institute for Family-Owned Business - The A-R-T of Family Business
October 25, 2017
74 Lunt Rd. Falmouth, ME


APICS - Workshop Solutions, Achieving MRP/ERP Accuracy
October 27, 2017
MAMe Office in Portland, ME
EMAIL TO RSVP: maryanneross36@gmail.com

Howe & Howe - Outdoors Again Open House
10:00AM-12:00PM October 27, 2017
661 Main St. Waterboro, ME 04087

Apprenticeship Works Events
October 31, November 1 & 2, 2017
Locations Across Maine



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


Job Postings

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Bristol Seafood

-Facility & Machine Maintenance Leadperson

Caron Engineering
-Service Technician

-Shop Technician

DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc.

-Designer/ Draftsperson/ Sales Support

Elmet Technologies
-Precision Machinist

General Dynamics-OTS

-NC Lathes #2

-OTS Inspector

Maine Maritime Academy
-Assistant Professor of Engineering

McCann Fabrication

Northeast Laboratory Services
-Microbiology Analyst

Prescott Metal


-Metal Fabricator

University of Maine Orono
-Large Center Development Associate

Washburn & Doughty

-Ship Fitter

-Marine Electrician

Zajac, LLC
-Multiple Positions

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


Receive 2 hours of attorney consultations about healthcare reform from LegalShield.

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

My company already offers LegalShield as an employee benefit -
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My company wants to offer LegalShield as an employee benefit - Click Here

Contact: Nola Fennessy
(207) 776-0302

Secure predictable electricity rates with Constellation’s Fixed Price Solution.

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
(617) 512-9939