WELCOME!

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


Please send company news to
info@mainemfg.com. Enjoy!
WE'VE MOVED!

As of March 29th, 2019, MAMe relocated to
33 McAllister Farm RoadSuite 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!

Baystate Financial
Robert Larochelle -- Finance/Accounting

Falmouth, ME
Comprehensive financial planning and advisory firm committed to helping our clients improve their long-term financial success.


Adecco
Michael Bolanz -- Executive Recruiter Manager

South Portland, ME
 Local temp agency that will give you access to more jobs at more companies than anyone else.



 

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. 

NOMINATIONS for "Mfg of the Year" is now closed!

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

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS
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
APICS
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
SME

Maine-based Puritan Medical Products Celebrates 100 years of History with an Eye on the Future

 

February 5, 2019 - Puritan Medical Products, a Guilford, Maine-based global manufacturer of single-use products will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019.

Puritan’s management team attributes “innovation, evolution, and authenticity” to the longevity of the organization, which originated from humble beginnings in 1919 as The Minto Toothpick & Specialty Company. At the time, the company manufactured a single product: mint-flavored toothpicks. Not long thereafter, the founders recognized an opportunity to expand into other markets, which prompted a name change to Hardwood Products and the creation of the Puritan brand.

For the Full Article: CLICK HERE

More Information:


WEBSITE


Financial Incentives for Commercial and Industrial
Energy-Efficiency Projects

Efficiency Maine offers several programs to commercial and industrial entities hoping to lower their energy costs or improve process efficiency. In addition to initiatives that support discounting high-efficiency equipment at distributors and retrofitting lighting in small businesses, Efficiency Maine’s Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Prescriptive Program offers prescriptive (or fixed-price) incentives for a predefined list of “off-the-shelf,” widely available efficiency measures. Typical measures promoted through this program include lighting fixtures; heating and cooling systems; and sector-specific solutions, such as commercial kitchen appliances, compressed air equipment, and agricultural equipment.

For Full Article Click Here


"Craig's Corner"
MAMe's Energy Program


"Letter of Inclusion” from MAME


If you are working on your energy plan renewal and would like a direct quote from Constellation Energy, please contact us about our “Letter of Inclusion” that allows you to get a quote directly from Constellation.
Signing this letter will allow Constellation to give you a price direct using the MAME Energy program.
This is NOT an obligation to contract with Constellation but an RFQ direct and not through a broker.

Constellation can help you get the best energy strategy available. Your broker can still provide a variety of quotes from other energy suppliers just not Constellation through this process.

Getting numerous quotes allow you to make the most effective, knowledgeable selection for your energy needs.

Your association’s energy program is proud to do this on your behalf. Take advantage of the program for your company.

Craig is more than happy to answer your questions.

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


Learn How to Assess English as Second Language (ESL)
Working to Find Skilled Workers for Manufacturing


Members of MAME have been receiving resumes from the association for about 20 years. Over the years, we have increased strategies to engage organizations that provide services to job seekers. Since MAME is not a job placement agency, we found that being an intermediary between the organizations and businesses would benefit the manufacturers with addition pools of people for employment.

Today, we are proud to be a partner with Maine’s Fedcap and New Mainers programs that assist immigrants to find employment opportunities to support themselves and their families.

Over the past year, we found that there are a few things missing that can easily help with placements:

1)      Pronouncing names can be difficult so we asked the program providers if they would have participants spell names phonetically on their resumes. This can impact the ability off HR professional to communicate effectively with clients.

2)      Understanding ESL levels for employment is crucial. To assist with this, we have an ESL chart ,based on CASAS, the most widely used competency-based assessment system designed to assess the relevant real-world basic skills of adult learners. CASAS measures the basic skills and the English language and literacy skills needed to function effectively at work and in life. We are sending this to HR professional to refer to the chart and see the ESL level on resumes to align with job descriptions and job tasks for applicants. Check out the ESL CASAS Chart Here.

 Our goal is to open more employment opportunities for people and grow the pool of potential employees for manufacturers.


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, Boat Building, Electronics, Food & Beverage, Metal Fabrications, Textile and Wood Products.

How Can You participate?

If you are interested in participating, please contact Lisa at lisa@mainemfg.com or Jeff Tounge at jeff@toungeassociates.com




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

MAMe launches a new business 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.

MAME will be hosting AHP Round tables to present AHP pricing within a few weeks. Please watch for your invitation to attend. The events will be open to manufacturers only.

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


Scholarship Update!

Application Period Open til 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 Here!

Legislative Update

MAMe's Weekly Policy Alert

GREAT SUCCESS IN DEFEATING
LD 1345 “An Act to Ensure a Fair Work Week”

This bill would have significantly suppressed an employer’s ability to ramp up worker’s hours to capture unexpected work loads from customer orders.

- Many thanks to those who successfully testified against this onerous bill

Here's what's happening in Augusta that you need to be aware of and participate in: 

PHONE CALLS TO COMMITTEE NEEDED

TO OPPOSE LD 1203

 “An Act to Clarify the Retirement Presumption under the Maine

Workers’ Compensation Act of 1992”

Sponsored by Rep Michael Sylvester

Member Perspective: This bill would allow a retired employee to receive workers comp benefits for life. Currently, these benefits stop when pension or retirement plans begin. Senator Collins noted this problem in the post office, who had over 110,000 former postal workers who were well beyond retirement and were still getting worker comp payments even though it was clear they would never go back to work.”

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE

 


Robotics Institute of Maine

Upcoming Events!

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

5:00-6:30PM

Freeport, ME

REGISTER HERE


2019 Manufacturing Summit
Friday, May 17, 2019

  
Lost Valley Ski Area
200 Lost Valley Rd.
REGISTER HERE



2019 SME Lean Manufacturing Round Table Series
April 23rd—Jotul USA, Inc
May 28th--Kennebec Technologies



JMQC Monthly Meeting Tour

May 30th--Pride Sports
10 N Main Street
Burnham, ME 04922

(Time TBD)

REGISTER HERE

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

SAVE THE DATE:
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
www.mainemfg.com/events


Manufacturers Association of Maine
33 Mcalister Farm Road, Suite 102
Portland, ME
 04013

www.mainemfg.com
info@mainemfg.com
207-747-44106

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CURRENT JOB POSTINGS:

DURATHERM WINDOW - PROJECT MANAGER, ASSISTANT ESTIMATOR, FINE WOODWORKER

FIBER MATERIALS, INC. - NEEDLE MAKERS, LOOM OPERATORS, HAND WEAVERS

MOLECULAR DIAGNOTICS PRODUCTS - QUALITY ASSURANCE SPECIALST II

KV TOOLING - ACCOUNTING & FINANCE MANAGER

JØTUL - DOCUMENTATION INTERN

HELICAL SOLUTIONS - PROJECT MANAGER

THE MAINE BUCKET COMPANY - SALES & MARKETING MANAGER

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

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