Welcome to the "Manufacturing Matters"
February 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

Announcing our new
Media Partner, MaineBiz

MAMe is excited to announce a new media partnership with MaineBiz in Portland, ME. We have plans that will make 2017 the best year for MAMe yet- including the Manufacturing Summit, possible outlets for Maine manufacturers to share their stories, and a MaineBiz subscription included with your membership!

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/ 


The JMQC Mixer event tonight has been moved to 2/22/17 due to weather. Please contact us for any questions.

MAMe News!

(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 6companies are being served with more in the pipeline! Our target is to assist ten companies. This assistance will begin with an assessment that leads into technical assistance and B2B lead generation. Overall, a problem is first identified and then fixed!

Partners: DECD, MMEP, MAMe

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

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

The MAMe Career and Foundation Scholarship has begun accepting applications! Through 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!


Article of Interest
Skilled Workforce Needed in Maine and
across the United States

"Many high school students rush off to four-year campuses not ready for the academic work or not sure why they are there. Government data show that 44 percent of new graduates enroll directly in a four-year college, but based on recent trends, less than half of them will earn a degree within four years. And though two-year colleges have long been identified as the institutions that fill the job-training role, some 80 percent of community college students say they intend to go on for a bachelor’s degree, or they leave with generic associate degrees that are of little value in the job market."


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

We had 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.

Your Voice in Augusta

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

MAMe’s Legislative Committee has defined a strategy for the 128th Legislative Session. 

MAMe’s Legislative advocate Zachary Lingley of Preti Flaherty is meeting with the MAMe Legislative committee and is recommending that we focus on bills that are not overly partisan and have a better chance of passing in this very divided Legislature. We will be monitoring all bills that affect the priorities set by MAMe’s Summit feedback – Energy Costs, Taxes, Minimum Wage, and Workforce Availability; MAMe’s Committee will determine if and how to engage.  

Much of January’s activity in Augusta has been centered around the legalization of marijuana bill.  A newly appointed Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee of the 128th legislature will be reviewing over 30 bills related to marijuana.  Drug testing in the workplace and workforce education are topics of interest to our membership and we are weighing our options for participating with the Committee to assure that employee safety and productivity are strong criteria for any legislation.

We will launch a direct connection between members and your local legislator. MAMe will provide a template so you can share info about your company that relates to issues in manufacturing and the impact on legislation.

Please let your Legislators know what is important for your business.  Let us hear from you on our priority areas. 

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... Total U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were 5,404 million metric tons in 2014? This is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 608,079 gallons of gasoline consumed. 

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 approximately 147.3 million ounces of gold are being held at The united States Bullion Depository in Fort Knox?

Contact Al at 207-839-8233

Industry Corner

Steve Tenney, UBS Wealth Management

"Selling or transferring your business is an involved process. It can be easy to get caught up in the complexity of each successive step to the extent that you lose sight of why you’re taking those steps in the first place. Instead of letting the process drive the execution of your plan, take a step back and clarify your goals and values before moving forward. Doing so can give you a much better shot at crafting a successful plan for the next phase of both your life and your company's existence."

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

Upcoming Events!


Maine Beer Company Tour & Happy Hour
4:00PM-6:00PM February 16th, 2017

525 US-1 Freeport, ME 04032

Panolam Tour
4:30PM-7:00PM March 16th, 2017

1 Pionite Rd. Auburn, ME 04211

2017 Maine Manufacturing Summit
June 6th, 2017

2017 MAMe Golf Tournament
August 10th, 2017
Spring Meadows in Gray, ME

JMQC Mixer
5:00PM-8:00PM February 22nd, 2017
Join APICS, ASQ, SME, and MAMe as we discuss the needs of our memberships!
1335 US-1, Muddy Rudder, Yarmouth, ME


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!

2017 Maine Manufacturing Summit
June 6th, 2017


State Manual Precision Maching & CNC Programming Competitions, Skills USA
February 16, 2017, 8:30AM-12:30

Precision Machining & Manufacturing Lab, Jewett Hall, 77 Fort Rd. South Portland (SMCC)

Maine State Chamber's Legislative Strictly Social Networking Reception
5:00PM-7:00PM March 7th, 2017

The Senator Inn & Spa, Augusta, ME

MITC's JEC World International Composites Event

March 14th-17th, 2017
Paris, France

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

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


Job Postings

Join MAMe

Contact Us!

-Finance Manager

-Laboratory Tech. Support Representative

Baker Company
-Manufacturing Process Engineer

-CNC Machinists

-Mechanical/NDT Inspectors

-Senior CMM Technicians

-Logistics Supervisor

Engineered Automation of Maine
-Mechanical Design Engineer

Fiber Materials Inc.


-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

-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

Starc Systems
-Assembly Technician/Machine Operator

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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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