The Composites Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), funded by a Maine Technology Institute grant, operates as a partnership between Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) and the Maine Composites Alliance. The directive of the laboratory is to partner with businesses to address engineering and applied research needs, assisting those companies to be more productive and competitive in the global marketplace.

Open for Business

Innovation, R&D, and workforce training are well-supported in Maine.


  • Businesses are closely linked with Maine’s world-class education and research institutions to make ideas into realities.
  • Incubator, prototype testing, and R&D facilities support innovation.

Key Industry Sectors in Maine

Aerospace & Advanced Materials – a premier supplier of advanced materials for multiple industries, including aerospace

Environmental Technology – abundant natural resources and commitment to sustainable use

Food, Beverage & Agricultural Products – major exporter of food, beverage and agricultural products

Hospitality & Tourism – 8 million visitors per year, over 3,000 lakes and ponds, and 3,478 miles of coastline

Information Technology – a well-educated IT workforce

Life Sciences – home to world class research facilities

Marine Construction & Technology – boat building heritage spans four centuries

Pulp, Paper & Wood Products – one of the world’s largest pulp-paper producers & wood research centers

Renewable Energy – #1 in New England for renewable energy generation

Why Invest in Maine?

  • Maine offers up to a 30% savings in labor costs compared to other states.
  • 31 million visitors spend billions annually on food, lodging and recreational activities.
  • 55 million consumers are located within 8 hours’ drive.