Welcome to the "Manufacturing Matters"
March 2019 e-newsletter!

Please send company news to
info@mainemfg.com. Enjoy!
We're Moving!!

As of March 29th, 2019, MAMe will be relocated to
33 McAllister Farm Road
(Suite 102) Portland, ME 04103.
Same phone, same emails!

Membership is Key 

to our success in growing manufacturing in Maine!

Click for Membership Application

 Look Who Joined MAME!

Portland, ME
Production of power quality and electromagnetic solutions for automated machinery and industrial plants.

Bonney Staffing
South Portland, ME
Creating lasting connections that make sense for both employers and job seekers.

LoveGrown Hemp
Farmington, ME
Full-spectrum phytocannabinoid-rich hemp Certified by the Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener's Association.


Manufacturing Summit 2019

2019 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 2019 "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!

Have any questions about the Summit? Contact us at info@mainemfg.com or the MAMe office at 207-747-4406.

The 2019 Manufacturing Summit has exhibitor tables available - check here to register your table today!

 2019 Summit Partners

MAME is thrilled to promote our 2019 Mfg Summit partners! These partners help promote the event to their members so we have a diverse group of industry attending the event. Please join me in thanking the following organizations for their partnership and support:

Advanced Manufacturing Center/UM
American Society of Quality
Bioscience Association of Maine
Institute for Family Owned Businesses
Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association
Maine International Trade Center
Maine Marine Trades Association
Maine State Chamber of Commerce

"Craig's Corner"
MAMe's Energy Program

Are You Expanding Your Manufacturing Business?
If so, please take a moment to read about MAME’s energy program offerings.

Constellation Efficiency Made Easy Program (EME)

Now is the time to reduce your energy usage and cost.  We have MAME’s member businesses working with the Constellation Efficiency Made Easy Program (EME) to review lighting and technology to reduce their energy usage and gain the maximum benefit through the Efficiency Maine Program.  At no cost to MAME members, Constellation will perform the site survey, develop the proposal, including Efficiency Maine incentives, and then you decide if you want to move forward with the project(s).  

For more information, contact Craig Brazell, Business Development Manager, Constellation Energy, Phone: 617-512-9939 or 207-520-2007 Website

What is W2W?

Waste to Wares (W2W) Maine will measure and collect data on various waste streams of manufacturers in a comprehensive method across multi-manufacturing sectors.
W2W will identify and quantify under-utilized manufacturing waste and by-products.

Who Should Participate?

MAME is in search of approximately 20-25 companies to participate in an assessment of waste streams in the following sectors (3-4 of each sector): Biomedical, Boatbuilding, Electronics, Food & Beverage, Metal Fabrications, Textile and Wood Products.

How Can You participate?

If you are interested in participating, we will require about 2-4 hours of your time for a walk-thru assessment based on size of company.

MAME’s B2B Development
Lead Generation Services
Interested in finding new leads & markets?

MAMe launches a new service!!

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

MAME contracts with RCI International out of Montreal as the Lead Generation consultation group.

“This past fall, the Manufacturers Association of Maine and Research Consultants International jointly worked together 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 Optimize, Inc. provide capability to Maine’s manufacturing base.  

Please contact MAMe at 207-747-4406 or our email for more information.

Association Health Plan (AHP)

The MAME is pleased to update you on our efforts to launch the Association Health Plan.

The AHP Committee reviewed stop loss pricing for the AHP. We'll begin enrollments soon.

MAME is working on your behalf to bring affordable health care. Contact us for more information at 207-747-4406 of

Manufacturing Career Connection

The MCC committee has been busy this winter exploring new initiatives to address the growing need for skilled labor in Maine’s manufacturing industry. In January MAME met with the Department of Corrections and Fedcap about ways to connect their job seekers to opportunities in the manufacturing sector.

We are also very excited to partner with SEMI High Tech U, a nationwide program that connects students to science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) careers. The SEMI High Tech U program is backed by the SEMI Foundation and technology manufacturing companies worldwide. SEMI High Tech U is an intensive program for high school students who want to learn more about STEM careers and the educational pathways needed to pursue them. The interactive workshop is led by industry volunteers who also provide students their school-to-work journeys. MAME is also working on a version of this program for educators.

We have some great student trips planned for this spring. Currently we have over 200 students scheduled to visit manufacturers in March and April. Thank you to our host companies: Cuddledown, Helical Solutions, L.L. Bean, Mega Industries, Molnlycke, New Balance, Pratt & Whitney, SAPPI, and Starc Systems.

Scholarship Update!

Application Period Open until April 30, 2019

The MAME Career and Foundation Scholarship is currently 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!


Incumbent Worker Training Funds Available in 2019
 This funding may be for you.

Under this Funding:

Training must be necessary to avert a layoff or be used to increase the competiveness of the employer/employee(s) in order to retain current workers.

Customized Training (Individualized or Cohort-Based) and on-the-job training can be supported. All on-the-job training MUST result in a wage increase upon completion. The funding has an employer match requirement.

Employees trained under this funding must have at least a six-month employment relationship with your company.

Employees you wish to train must be willing to complete certain registration and documentation requirements to be approved.


For more information and to start an application:
Khristina Landers at Workforce Solutions,

Legislative Update

Several beneficial bills about improving minimum wage laws are under consideration this week by the Labor Committee.
If you would like the current law to change, NOW IS THE TIME for your voice to be heard.

Please sign on to the statement below by emailing our MAME Policy Outreach Coordinator,
Cathy Nichols.

Provide whatever information you can: business name, location, your name, title, and if you wish describe your support for any aspect of these bills. Anecdotes are very powerful. For the full text of each bill, click on the LD # for a live link.

The Manufacturers Association of Maine is submitting the following testimony on behalf of nearly 400 business members and 28,000 employees.

The Citizen Initiative of 2016 that enacted the law to increase minimum wage was not created by businesses who understand and work daily with employee and market demands.

Manufacturers have not been able to provide more than a 2 or 3% wage increase in past years. The minimum wage increase provides upwards of a 10% wage increase.

Employers of skilled workers pay more than minimum wage but are still adversely affected when minimum wage increases more then the market can sustain.

Increasing the minimum wage through indexing will cause the gross profit margin for businesses to disappear over time.

• weaken an employer’s ability to give incentives and bonuses for high performance workers
• create disparity among new hires and existing workers
• cause discontent and low morale in existing workers who did not receive pay increases
• reduce the number of employees if automation is an option for the task performed
• reduce the hours worked in order to keep payroll costs down
Price increases over time are rare in manufacturing and cannot be passed on to customers.


LD 425, “An Act To Strengthen Small Businesses in Rural Maine by Changing the Minimum Wage”
LD 612, “An Act To Promote Youth Employment”
LD 739, “An Act To Help Small Businesses by Establishing an Alternate Minimum Wage”
LD 808, “An Act To Create a Youth Wage”
LD 830, “An Act To Balance Maine's Minimum Wage for Small and Large Employers”
LD 1098, “An Act To Help Small Employers by Making the Minimum Wage Increase More Gradual in Nonurban Areas”

One not very beneficial bill would create a compression response in the wages for large employers:
LD 670, “An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage for Large Employers”

Robotics Institute of Maine

April 4th, 8:00PM

The next show in OLS's Music Helps! series is here! At The Suitcase Junket on 4/4, you can hear from the Robotics Institute of Maine.

The Robotics Institute of Maine connects Middle School and High School students from around the state with robotics programs and inspires inspires students to careers in Science, Technology, Mathematics or Engineering. Learn more about the Robotics Institute of Maine on their website, or come learn in person on 4/4 - get your tickets here.

Electric Vehicles in Maine - You CAN Get There From Here!

Event Date and Location:
Thursday, March 21, 2019

7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall, Bowdoin College, 255 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011


Upcoming Events!

Meet & Brew at Stars & Stripes
A veteran-owned and operated brewery!
April 18, 2019


Freeport, ME


MAMe's Energy Program

Presented by: Constellation Energy
All events are from 11:30 to 1:30PM (lunch included)

April 2, 2019
Panolam, Auburn, ME

April 3rd, 2019
Portland Water District, Portland, ME

April 4th, 2019
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Augusta, ME

2019 Manufacturing Summit
Friday, May 17, 2019

Lost Valley Ski Area
200 Lost Valley Rd.


2019 SME Lean Manufacturing Round Table Series
March 26th--Starc Systems

April 23rd—Jotul USA, Inc
May 28th--Kennebec Technologies

JMQC Monthly Meeting Tour

May 30th--Pride Sports
(Time TBD)


Events of Interest

U.S. DOT Shipping Hazardous & Universal Waste Training

St. Germain Collins Maine-Specific Hazardous & Universal Waste Training
846 Main Street
8:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
For More Info

30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament—Aug 8, 2019 at Spring Meadows in Gray Register Here

MAMe's Annual Gala--Oct 24th, 2019 at Portland Elks Club 4:30 - 8:00 PM

More details and up to date information at

Manufacturers Association of Maine
101 Mcalister Farm Road
Portland, ME



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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