WELCOME!

Welcome to the "Manufacturing Matters"
January 2017 e-newsletter!


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

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


Click for Membership Application

Look Who Joined MAMe!

Arcadia Designworks
Portland, Maine
Industrial design and manufacturing

Morgan Stanley
Portland, Maine
Investments, wealth management, and banking


Seth Storey, Lauree Gott, Jamie Arsenault, and Clint Strout at Rising Tide Brewery

Thank you all for attending
our Rising Tide Brewery event!

We hope everyone had a great time at our MAMe Holiday Event at Rising Tide Brewery in December! We will be continuing our monthly tours beginning in February of 2017 so look forward to more MAMe events!

Tour sponsorships are available for our 2017 events, contact us to get involved!

With generous donations and registrations we were able to raise $150 for Barbara Bush Children's Hospital during this event! Thank you to all who donated and worked on the event!

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/ 

MAMe News!



BGS 
(Business Growth Services)



 







Everyday companies are faced with new challenges. Endless issues and needs arise that companies may not have the time and/or internal resources to manage and solve.

Business Services assists companies to address business viability, operational processes and procedures and employment challenges that are critical to generating business growth and sustainability.

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.



OEA Project
(Office of Economic Adjustment)
(Dept. of Defense)
 
 
Grant Overview
The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) is administering a grant from the federal Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). The funding allows MAMe to work with Maine companies who are dependent on defense-related work to diversify into non-defense sectors. As part of the deliverables, participating companies will receive warm leads & introductions to potential customers outside the USA in non-defense sectors. Currently 5 companies are being served with more in the pipeline!

Partners: DECD, MMEP, MAMe

Who Qualifies?
Maine companies with defense related, effected, or dependent work of at least 20% of total revenues.

Assessment
MAMe's Business Group Services (BGS) providers first identify constraints to diversification and propose solutions. The assessment reviews operations & systems, product offerings, sales & marketing,  quality systems, management wishes, and other areas of operation. This is fully funded by the OEA grant.

Technical Assistance
Next, a technical services plan is designed to create diversification opportunities for each company. This can also include B2B lead generation for companies. Our project team is hard at work finding leads for companies that qualify.


To learn more, contact MAMe at info@mainemfg.com
or our OEA Project Team at oea@mainemfg.com

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

The MAMe Career and Foundation Scholarship is going to begin accepting applications soon! 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!

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY, REQUIREMENTS, AND INFO





Dream It. Do It.
Maine Manufacturing Day
October 6, 2016

The 2016 MFGDAY was the biggest yet for Dream It. Do It. Maine.  We had over 40 hosts in 15 of Maine’s 16 counties- from Aroostook to York. Over 1350 students attended these events and nearly 650 influencers, such as educators, parents and state/business leaders. 

We could not have done it without our committee members and partners from Pratt & Whitney, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, Central Western Maine and Coastal Counties Workforce Development boards and SME Maine Dirigo.  Thank you to each and every one of you who helped accomplish this outstanding turnout. 

We have our first meeting this January to begin planning Manufacturing Day 2017.  Contact MAMe if  you are interested in supporting these Manufacturing Day efforts by hosting a tour for students/educators, contributing to our transportation offset fund, or visiting a classroom near you.

Students from the Robotics Team at Saint Dominics Academy pose with state and local leaders at the Modula Tour on Oct 6, 2016.


MAMe Member News!

Genius Solutions named 'IT Company of the Month' in January 2017 by the Quebec Technology Assoc.

Genius Solutions, a MAMe Member and leading developer of software for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in custom manufacturing and engineering, is proud to be IT Company of the Month for January 2017. "What a great start to the new year! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our employees. They are the key to our success," said Genius Solutions president Jean Magney. "Since 2013, we've doubled our sales outside Quebec and doubled the size of our team. We are heading into 2017 with confidence to continue our growth. We're in a strong position, but the best is yet to come!"

Congratulations to Genius Solutions!



Your Voice in Augusta

MAMe is ready to hear your voices and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

MAMe’ Legislative Committee is preparing for the 128th Legislative Session and is strengthening our presence in Augusta with input from our manufacturing sectors. Industry engagement is the purpose of this endeavor. Our legislators have a serious obligation to understand the needs and perspectives of Maine manufacturing.

The Committee will have the skills and connections of our new MAMe Policy Advocate, Zachary Lingley of Preti Flaherty. Zachary will provide reports and updates of key bills and their status so our members can be informed of legislation that pertains to their business. MAMe also has a new Policy Outreach Coordinator, Cathy Nichols who is studying policy analysis at USM and is determined to keep manufacturing strong buy helping legislators hear the needs of their constituents in the proportions and perspectives that have been lacking in the past. Cathy will be working closely with MAMe’s Legislative Committee Chair Anne Gauthier, Texas Instruments.
The MAMe Board identified the following priority legislative items for the 2016-17 Session:

1.   Cost of energy (electricity & heating sources, cost & availability of electricity & natural gas)

2.    Minimum wage (impact)

3.    Taxes (income, personal property, sales)

4.    Workforce availability

MAMe’s “Take Your Legislature to Work” outreach strategy will be implemented to educate members on top priority issues and how to get engaged with policy makers. This strategy includes an organized effort to link local business members with legislators to educate legislators on the importance of manufacturing to Maine’s economy. Initial outreach will include:

1.    Creating member alerts about key bills that affect your businesses

2.    Connecting members with their respective legislative representatives

3.  Facilitating invitations to legislators to visit businesses of participating members

If you have any particular topic you wish to know more about or want to provide feedback for, please call Cathy at the MAME office 207.747.4406 or email her at cmsnichols@gmail.com


Energy Corner
DID YOU KNOW... In 2014, renewable sources of energy accounted for about 10% of total U.S. energy consumption and 13% of electricity generation?

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 secret Service Division was created on July 5th, 1865 in Washington, D.C., to suppress counterfeit currency?

Contact Al at 207-839-8233

Industry Corner

Steve Tenney, UBS Wealth Management

Congratulations on building a successful family business. As you continue to grow and look toward the future, keep in mind that you don't have to do that planning alone. A team of trusted professionals can provide a foundation of expertise and insight you can use to tackle any planning issues that may arise. What's more, your team can help you find the best path forward for you, your family, and your business.


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

Upcoming Events!

 

 

READY TO LAUNCH!
 
JMQC Mixer
5:00PM-8:00PM February 9th, 2017
Join APICS, ASQ, SME, and MAMe as we discuss the needs of our memberships!
1335 US-1, Muddy Rudder, Yarmouth, ME

RSVP BY EMAIL
 

EVENTS OF INTEREST

Leveraging Lean Logistics to Lead in the 21st Century
5:30PM-7:30PM January 17th, 2017
1 IDEXX Dr. Westbrook, ME
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

2017 Annual Forecast Conference & Member Showcase
9:00AM-4:00PM January 19th, 2017
Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, ME
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

Verrill Dana's 2017 Employment Law Update
8:00AM-4:30PM January 26th, 2017
The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel in Portland, ME
FOR MORE INFORMATION

Maine Wood Products Association Annual Meeting
1:30PM-6:30PM, Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
The Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. Lewiston, ME
REGISTER HERE

JMQC Mixer

5:00PM-8:00PM February 9th, 2017
1335 US-1, Muddy Rudder, Yarmouth, ME
RSVP BY EMAIL

2017 SME Lean Manufacturing Round Table Series
Dates from 2/28-5/23
Attend at one of our panels at a different company each month!
REGISTER HERE


JEC World International Composites Event

March 14th-17th, 2017
Paris, France
FOR MORE INFORMATION

Maine Science Festival
March 16th-19th, 2017
Bangor, ME
FOR MORE INFORMATION


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

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Job Postings

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Contact Us!





Artel
-Finance Manager

-Laboratory Tech. Support Representative


D&G 
-CNC Machinists

-Mechanical/NDT Inspectors

-Senior CMM Technicians


Elmet
-Logistics Supervisor

Engineered Automation of Maine
-Mechanical Design Engineer

Fiber Materials Inc.

-Machinist

-Production Operator

-Manufacturing Supervisor

-Supply Chain Manager


General Dynamics-OTS
-Admin. Assistant

-Sr. Prod. Sched. Specialist

-NC Miller #2

-Quality Assurance Specialist

-Print Mfg Engineer

-Sr Mfg Engineer


McCann Fabrication
-Fabricators/Welders

-Press Brake Operator

Waterjet Operator


Midstate Machine
-CNC Machinist

Mountain Machine Works
-Machine Shop Project Coord.

Puritan Medical Products
-Medical Device Manufacturing Manager

-Master Molder


Baker Company
-Manufacturing Process Engineer



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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Contact: Nola Fennessy
(207) 776-0302
nolafennessy@legalshieldassociate.com

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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
craig.brazell@constellation.com
(617) 512-9939