Welcome to the "Manufacturing Matters"
April 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!

Peavey Manufacturing in Eddington, ME
Wood logging tools, handles, and dowels

Scythe Supply in Perry, ME
Sell and promote the shafts of scythes

Maine Woodturning in New Vineyard, ME
Harvested custom wood turnings

Manufacturing Summit 2018
Registration is open!

2018 Manufacturing Summit: Where companies from across all manufacturing sectors and their respective trade associations will gather with a unified voice for manufacturing.


We are accepting nominations for Manufacturer of the Year, a prestigious award to be presented at the Summit- if you would like to nominate a company, fill out the survey HERE! Nominations end on 4/20/18!

Have any questions about the Summit? Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact us 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/ 

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 and organizations across the state of Maine.

The magazine can be found online HERE!

We are looking for companies interested in being profiled in 2018- please contact us HERE! It's filling up, so contact us soon!

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/ 

Shaw & Tenney Tour
Sponsored by
People's United Bank & Verrill Dana LLP
April 12, 2018

Thank you to Shaw & Tenney for the tour and insight on how their product is made! We would also like to thank the MAME members, sponsors, partners, and prospect members that attended the event to support manufacturing and learn more about the company. We had a great group in attendance and hope to see them all again at our upcoming events!

If you'd like to see what else MAME has in store, check out our events
page at 

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

The MAMe Career and Foundation Scholarship is 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!


Advanced Concepts & Engineering
Solidifies Foothold in Central US

Gorham ME  -  Advanced Concepts & Engineering, or ACE - a company that offers automated solutions to the aggregate industry - continues to grow by leaps and bounds in the geotechnical world.

Joel Costonis, ACE’s Founder and President, has earned himself the nickname “the problem solver”. 

Solving quality control issues and guiding his company by a few major directives, he has experienced growth far beyond anticipation. 

“ACE started by answering the call to bring efficiency to the aggregate quality control world, first by planning the ACE Auto-Grade.  We did our development, test marketing etc and that product is now in full production. Then we started looking at automating gravity, density and other testing procedures and the ACE Auto-Grav was born.  It’s simply amazing to me that we have a waiting list on this product which will start deliveries mid 2018.” 

When asked about his forte; raw aggregate, hot mix or ready mix, Costonis simply states “..my true forte is listening to what the industry wants.  My formal education is with finite focus on the asphalt industry, but I make it a point to be as up-to-date as I can on all of the testing procedures.”

ACE has received considerable recognition in the industry in a very short time, had growth that could not have been projected and “..has been embraced by a community that has been looking for solutions for ages” Costonis says.  When questioned about the still infant life cycle of ACE, one can’t help but notice that while indeed Costonis does things his way and likes things in certain order, his go to response is contrary to what most would expect, “I can only say that this has been a very humbling experience.”

Manufacturers Association of Maine
Northeast Technical Institute

Workforce Training Survey

The Manufacturers Association of Maine is collaborating with Northeast Technical Institute to research professional development skills to improve competitiveness of member companies. Your survey feedback, describing training needs for new hires and incumbent workers will help MAME align educational priorities with our next generation manufacturing workforce.

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the following brief survey. Look for your free personalized 'Employee Training Readiness Report' once you complete the survey. We will share the aggregate information at the upcoming Manufacturing Summit.

Click the link below to complete the survey.


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!

RIM participates in Amazon Smile- click here to learn more!


A well thought out process and decision has been made to transition the MWPA to the Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAME). This will carry continuity and name recognition for the group and represent the wood products industry in ways that can help expand and growth this sector.

MAME has created a wood products alliance, consisting of our current members. We have a an email list for B2B contract work, resumes and other pertinent information needed for the industry.

Today, 21 MWPA members have joined with us to make a stronger, more vibrant and dynamic wood products alliance. We are still looking for more wood products members to join! If you would like to see our most recent new members, look above!

MAME is providing a number of programs and services for manufacturers across the state including:

  • The MAME Energy Program with Constellation Energy
  • Legislative and Policy Development—a strong presence in Augusta and Washington DC
  • Student and Educator Outreach to develop future workforce
  • Business Development for industry includes B2B contract work (potential contract work to members)
  • Networking and events that bring multi-industries together. We recently had a tour at a wood products company on April 12th, 2018. Shaw & Tenney allowed us to walk through and have a monthly meeting at their facility- look to the top of the newsletter to learn more.

Since January 1, MAME has sent 9 B2B contract opportunities related to the wood products industry.

At the 2018 MFG Summit, we will present the Pine Tree and Pine Cone award to two deserving wood products companies. Stay tuned to see who the recipients are!

If you are a current MWPA/MAME member, your dues include a ticket to the Summit. If you are not yet a member, you are invited, as our guest, to this amazing event and the largest gathering of manufacturers in the state! Register at www.mainemfg.com/events

MAMe B2B Lead Generation Services

Interested in finding new leads & markets?

Today we have the capacity, as an adjunct to our Business Growth Services Group, to assist companies access new markets and/or establish “warm leads” in new or existing markets, locally, nationally and globally.  

“This past fall, the Manufacturers Association of Maine and Research Consultants International jointly worked together as part of a OEA grant project with Silvex to identify two high volume sales leads in an industry of Silvex’s choice. Both leads were exactly what we had requested and one of those turned into production volume work within a couple of weeks of the initial contact. Their prequalification process saved us countless hours and dollars in sales and marketing efforts by matching us with a potential customer who had an immediate need. We are very happy with the results and intend to utilize these services more in the immediate future.”

-Dan Atkinson, Silvex, Inc.

MAMe and Jackson Associates provide capability to Maine’s manufacturing base. 

Please contact MAMe at 207-747-4406 or info@mainemfg.com for more information.

Energy Corner

Did you know that energy has become on the top five expenses for many manufacturers, no matter their size? Whether you're looking for cost certainty with a fixed price solution; access to real-time marketing pricing with an index solution; or a more complex risk mitigation strategy, the MAME Energy Program can offer customized solutions for your facility.

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.

A special thank you to Andy Forgit & Cary Plummer at Northeast CNC for donating a television to the MAME Office! They have helped improve the meeting space in our office and we are extremely thankful!

Upcoming Events!

Manufacturing Summit 2018


June 1, 2018

Lost Valley Ski Area, 200 Lost Valley Rd. Auburn, ME




Sebago Brewing Company
May 10, 2018

616 Main St. Gorham, ME

Rubb Building Systems End of Season BBQ
June 21, 2018

1 Rubb Ln. Sanford, ME

 Succession Planning - Developing Talent from Within
3:00PM-5:00PM on April 24th, 2018

Rising Tide Brewery, 103 Fox St. Portland, ME

IFOB - How To's for Family Business - Financials
8:00AM-10:30AM on April 26th, 2018

Husson University, 340 County Rd. Westbrook, ME

IFOB - Situational Awareness Safety Class
4:00PM-6:00PM on May 3rd, 2018

The Woodlands Club, 39 Woods Rd. Falmouth, ME

IFOB - 2018 Maine Family Business Awards
5:00PM-9:00PM on May 15th, 2018

Holiday Inn, 88 Spring St. Portland, ME

NE Lean Consortium - Lean Leaders Lunch
12:00PM-4:00PM on May 18th, 2018

Wunderlich-Malec, 2 Millenium Dr. Winslow, ME
RSVP by emailing Joe R. at 

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


Job Postings

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Caron Engineering
-Software Developer

Fluid Imaging Technologies
-Software QA Analyst

Manufacturing Technician

General Dynamics OTS

-Sr. ME Machining

-Cutter Grinder

Grower's Express
-Multiple Positions

Howell Labs
-Entry Level Technician/Fabricator

Hussey Seating
-Director of Manufacturing

Jotul North America
-Production Assemblers

Kennebec Technologies
-2nd Shift CNC Machinist

Knox Machine
-CNC Conventional Machinist

Northeast Laboratory Services
-Laboratory Information Systems Specialist

Prescott Metal & EAM

-CNC Machinists

Volk Packaging
-Production Trainee 2nd Shift

-Splitter Operator 1st Shift


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