Welcome to the "Manufacturing Matters"
September 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!

Bedford Cost Segregation
Westbrook, ME

Cost segregation of commercial properties

Evonik-Cyro, LLC
Sanford, ME
Specializing in acrylic sheet products if aviation, sound barrier, lighting, frames, and other displays

MAME Hosts Gubernatorial Roundtables Across the State

MAME hosted four gubernatorial roundtables across the state in September. All four candidates including Shawn Moody, Terry Hayes, Janet Mills and Alan Caron readily accepted our invitation to meet with manufacturers and address some of the top issues facing manufacturers and the state. The host sites, chosen for location and availability of the candidates were Jotul North America in Gorham, Starc Systems in Brunswick, Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce in Lewiston and MAME in Portland. Dave Fortin, Masters Machine, is chair of MAME’s Legislative and Policy Committee. Dave and Robin Goodwin, Montalvo Corp and MAME Board Chair led the discussions by asking each candidate to share how they will address the top issues outlined in the 2018 Maine Manufacturing Summit report.

Our intention is to share with policy makers what is most important and what areas we will focus on to alleviate concerns and help create a healthy economic environment for Maine manufacturers.

“Maine must support the industry-led workforce strategies in order to make any impact. Our state continues to fund programs that do not address the workforce crisis. It is time to look beyond the status quo and come at this issue with “eyes wide open”. We cannot continue to fund programs and services that are not collaborative and coordinated and are duplicative. Resources are limited and Maine should not waste assets”.

The following recommendation focuses on workforce availability and the skills gap:

MAME and partners will strengthen current strategies to recruit and attract workers to manufacturing and outreach to as many organizations that serve job seekers. We are also fully committed to expanding the Manufacturing Career Connection “Fill the Jobs” and “Pipeline Development” program and Robotics Institute of Maine to educate and attract people into manufacturing careers. We ask the State of Maine to commit to expanding resources to boost industry-led workforce strategies that will increase the availability of workers in Maine.

We discussed how each candidate will support tax policies that help manufacturers:

The associations and partners will collaborate with the administration to address tax policies to help manufacturers. This includes tax reform, energy costs; develop pro-growth strategies (laws impacting the growth of this sector).

We focused on how Maine will support existing companies, especially manufacturers, with resources and investments:

Maine must support and invest in attracting companies, start-up companies and help those existing companies here in Maine retain and grow. Because our industry is supporting this effort, we ask the state to also support and invest in the MAME BRE program to be launched this year.

Members in the News

Maine Employers to Receive a Record $22 Million in MEMIC Dividends

As Maine’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, MEMIC has returned more than $263 million to policyholders since 1998. As a mutual insurance company, when MEMIC is successful in bringing employers and employees together to improve workplace safety and reduce injuries, then costs go down and policyholders share in the success through dividends. MEMIC has numerous safety resources for policyholders including free workshops and anyone can get tips from the MEMIC safety blog. More about the largest dividend in MEMIC’s history at www.memic.com/dividend

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!


Robotics Night at Maine Craft Distilling

October 18, 2018


Maine Craft Distillery, Portland ME

Wish List for MAME!

Our conference and board room is used for multiple events and meetings.  The room is large at 20’x25’ but our current table is too small to accommodate the numerous people that attend our events! Your association is looking for a donation of a modular conference table for seating up to 25 people. We would be happy to receive chairs as well, if possible.

Please contact us at 207-747-4406. Thank you!

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, 23 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 
  • 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. 

In July, Lisa G. Martin, our Executive Director,  vistited a number of MWPA companies across the state that have become MAME members!

At the 2018 MFG Summit, we will present the Pine Tree and Pine Cone award to two deserving wood products companies. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks will receive the Pine Tree Award, and Maine Cedar Hot Tubs will receive the Pine Cone!


Craig’s Corner 

MAME’s Energy Provider “Supplier of the Year”


Constellation, an Exelon company and MAME’s exclusive energy provider, has been named 2018-19 Supplier of the Year by The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA). TEPA announced the honor at its 13th annual conference on Sept. 20.  


“On behalf of the National TEPA Board, I want to congratulate Constellation for being named as our national 2018-19 TEPA Supplier of the Year,” said Andrew Barth, TEPA National Board President. “Constellation has been a valued TEPA member for many years, and we appreciate their efforts to support competitive retail energy markets across the country. This recognition is a testament to the company’s great work and their team’s efforts to make energy choice a positive experience for their customers.”


The TEPA Supplier of the Year award recognizes the TEPA member company with the most comprehensive, innovative and strategic vision for competitive electricity and natural gas markets. It also takes into consideration the company's customer service reputation among its customers and employees.


“This award directly aligns with Constellation’s continuous efforts to provide our customers with a positive, effortless experience,” said Mark Huston, president, Constellation Retail. “We value our relationship with TEPA and thank the organization for recognizing Constellation with this honor.” 


Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConstellationEG/status/1046790635930480641

MAME Annual Gala
October 25, 2018
Italian Heritage Center, Portland ME


In Memoriam
Brad William Jackson (1959—2018)
A decorated veteran, MAME’s BRE visionary, and a champion of manufacturing.



 Join us as we celebrate our 54th year as the voice of manufacturing in Maine. 

Shawn Gorman, L.L. Bean
Executive Chairman of the Board

Hall of Fame Inductees:
Tim Hussey, Hussey Seating
Steve Boulet, Auburn Manufacturing

Above and Beyond Award:
Kelli Deveaux, Principal at Westbrook High School
Nicole Sturgis, Aspirations Coordinator at Westbrook High School


Join These Great Companies Attending
(register today and your company will be added here)

Champion Tables:

Albin, Randall & Bennett

Camden National Bank
Chase Bank


Maine MEP


Peoples United Bank

Saunders Electronics

Volk Packaging


Constellation Energy
Hussey Seating

L.L.Bean, Inc

McCann Fabrication



Sabre Yachts

University of Maine- AMC

Verrill Dana

Manufacturers Association of Maine Receives Top Award from the Northeast Economic Development Association (NEDA)

MAMe’s award-winning program helps defense contractors find new opportunities during federal defense budget cuts

The Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAMe) received the Program of the Year Award from the Northeast Economic Development Association (NEDA) for its Defense Diversification Program. Through this unique pilot program, MAMe helps defense-dependent companies assess their current product offerings and provide technical assistance to open doors to new and emerging markets. As part of this pilot program, MAMe was successful in helping eight Maine companies diversify their manufacturing capabilities and sell into new commercial sectors. In all, ten companies received assessments and some technical assistance.

“The Defense Diversification Program is a model business retention and expansion program which is providing incredible opportunities to Maine manufacturing companies,” says Lisa G. Martin, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Maine. “This is true economic development. Our BGS team works one-on-one with companies to identify what unique services or products can be leveraged in markets outside of defense. We then provide market diversification assistance and strategies specific to each company.”

The Northeast Economic Development Association cited the Manufacturers Association of Maine for its “organizational design that included a systems approach with unique characteristics” as key factors in the Program of the Year Award.

The Manufacturers Association of Maine was instrumental in securing $1.9M in federal funding from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) in 2016. During this time, the Pentagon established a national program to sustain its manufacturing supply chain during a period of budget cuts and sequestration. The goal with the OEA funding; diversify the state’s defense dependent manufacturers by establishing new and lucrative commercial markets. The OEA program is under the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), Department of Defense.

Windham-based mWave, a global provider of custom and commercial microwave antenna solutions, is one Maine company that has experienced an immediate uptick in sales leads from the Defense Diversification program. “Leveraging the OEA grant through the Manufacturers Association, mWAVE was able to complete a detailed review of its B2B sales strategy and developed its first comprehensive strategic growth plan,” comments Scott Knoll, Partner and VP of Corporate Development, Anania & Associates. (mWave Industries, was sold to Alaris Holdings Ltd. (JSE: ALH) of South Africa in October 2018). “In addition to the strategic plan, the Association provided the resources for a new website to replace a non-responsive, legacy site. The new site has driven a dramatic increase in qualified incoming leads.”

“This is just the beginning of this effort” says Martin. “We can identify several more Maine companies who can benefit from our strategic approach to leveraging new markets outside of the defense industry. Continued funding and support from the DECD will ensure the ongoing success of this program.”

MAME Launches New Web Site

MAME has launched our new web site showcasing our new logo, Manufacturing Career Connections (MCC), business services division, our board and more! Go to www.mainemfg.com to see the new and improved association web site!


MAME is excited to kick off Manufacturing Month with our 6th year of Manufacturing Day tours! We recognize that not all companies or schools can participate on Manufacturing Day every year, which is why we have extended the activities throughout all of October to celebrate Manufacturing Month!

MAME hosted our flagship event on October 11th at Helical Solutions in Gorham.  Students from Portland Arts and Technology High School and Biddeford Regional Center of Technology joined us to tour the state of the art facility.

We were joined by Peter Jenkins, CEO and Adam Martin, Plant Manager at Helical Solutions and Suzan Beaudoin from Maine Department of Education.

Howe & Howe Kicked off the student events with an open house Oct 9/28/2018 with over 440 students attending. Baxter Academy sent out over 110 students to tour facilities across Southern Maine on Oct 4th and 16th. Westbrook High Schools is sending out their entire freshman class of approximately 170 students to tours from Brunswick to Gorham. Auburn Middle Schools will send out their 6th grades classes (about 300 students) throughout the next few months.

We expect by the end of October to have over 2,000 students who have participated.

We also want to thank Pratt & Whitney for their generous sponsorship to help offset the cost of transportation to schools.  Their funding each year allows us to provide transportation funding to schools who would otherwise not be able to send students on these tours.

Thank you to all the hosts and schools who participated.

Top 20 Facts About Manufacturing

(National Association of Manufacturers, 2018)

For Complete information, go to….


1. In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.33 trillion to the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2018. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

2. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy. (Source: NAM calculations using IMPLAN)

3. The vast majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small. In 2015, there were 251,774 firms in the manufacturing sector, with all but 3,813 firms considered to be small (i.e., having fewer than 500 employees). (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistics of U.S. Businesses)

4. Almost two-thirds of manufacturers are organized as pass-through entities. (Source: Internal Revenue Service, Statistics of Income)

5. There are currently 12.75 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for 8.6 percent of the workforce. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

6. In 2017, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $84,832 annually, including pay and benefits. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics)

7. Manufacturers have one of the highest percentages of workers who are eligible for health benefits provided by their employer. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)

8. Manufacturers have experienced tremendous growth over the past couple decades, making them more “lean” and helping them become more competitive globally.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

9. Over the next decade, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute)

10. Exports support higher-paying jobs for an increasingly educated and diverse workforce. Jobs supported by exports pay, on average, 18 percent more than other jobs. Source: MAPI Foundation, using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Totally Trades! Conferences for Girls

MAME is proud to be a partner for these events.

A Hands-on Conferences for 8th Grade and High School Girls.

New Ventures Maine organizes free, one-day Totally Trades! conferences throughout Maine to encourage female students to consider careers in technical fields. This year almost 800 girls will have the opportunity to explore careers in trades and technology.  Featured careers include:

·         Heavy Equipment Operation

·         Welding

·         Information Technology

·         Building Construction

·         Engineering

·         Cable Technician

·         Electrical

·         Plumbing and Heating

·         Alternative Energy

Non-traditional welding student Ariel Pelton shares skills with other girls. Read more.

“We give girls a hands-on workshop experience to spark their interest and raise awareness about a career field that they may not have previously considered, as well as provide female role models – women who can lead by example, having already succeeded in pursuing work that traditionally is viewed as ‘man’s work’,” says Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Aroostook County Regional Manager.

The Totally Trades! fall 2018 conferences are coming up!

Calais: October 26, 2018, at Washington County Community College

  • For more information, contact: Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau 768-9635

Farmington: November 9, 2018, at Foster Career and Technical Education Center 

  • For more information, contact: Janet Smith 778-2757



MAME Annual Gala

October 25, 2018
Italian Heritage Center, Portland ME




SME Maine Dirigo Chapter 46

Annual Meeting

November 6, 2018


IDEXX Laboratories, Westbrook ME




Robotics Night at Maine Craft Distilling

October 18, 2018


Maine Craft Distillery, Portland ME



JMQC Monthly Meeting Tour- Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

November 15, 2018


Lie-Nieslen Toolworks, Warren ME


Manufacturers Association of Maine
101 McAlister Farm Rd.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747 4406


MAME Annual Gala
October 25, 2018
Italian Heritage Center, Portland ME




SME Maine Dirigo Chapter 46

Annual Meeting

November 6, 2018


IDEXX Laboratories, Westbrook ME




Robotics Night at Maine Craft Distilling

October 18, 2018


Maine Craft Distillery, Portland ME



JMQC Monthly Meeting Tour- Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

November 15, 2018


Lie-Nieslen Toolworks, Warren ME



Job Postings

A service provided to MAME members!

click here to view listings

Deep Water Buoyancy
-Quality Assurance Engineer

Helical Solutions
-CNC Machinist

Prescott Metal & EAM

-CNC Machinists


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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.

Contact: Craig Brazell
(617) 512-9939