Bug Light and tanker Maine

A super tanker leaving Portland harbor passes by Bug Light in South Portland.

Why Invest in Maine?

Maine’s reliable, productive workforce and the high quality of Maine products are well known around the world. With a business environment that fosters innovation and a top-ranked infrastructure, Maine gives your company an extra advantage to attract and keep the very best employees — a healthy, safe, and culturally rich place to live.



Top Reasons Companies Invest in Maine


Location – Proximity to Markets

The Boston – Washington corridor is home to 18 percent of the U.S. population. Extending 500 miles through New York and Philadelphia, the region generates $3.75 trillion in economic output annually, only behind the U.S., China and Japan. Canada and Maine share a 600-mile border with trade and investment totaling more than $3.5 billion a year.

Workforce – Experienced and New Talent

An educated and motivated workforce is critical and a major factor in selecting a new location. More than 20 public colleges and universities enable the state to develop long-term workforce capacity, while 7 community colleges can address immediate industry training needs.

Revenue – Lower Cost of Doing Business

Innovative and creative business incentives, lower labor and property costs, ready access to R&D, infrastructure and reduced regulation, combine to make Maine an economically viable and competitive option.

Who’s Investing?

A few of the companies investing in Maine include:  Huhtamaki Food Service, International Grand Investment Corp, InSphero, Jotul, Lufthansa Technik, McCain Foods, Molnlyche Health Care, and Sappi Fine Paper North America.

“Sappi Fine Paper North America has a heritage of research and development at our plants in Maine where we continue to attract a talented and innovative workforce.”

– Amy Olson, Manager, Corporate Communications, Sappi Fine Paper North America, Westbrook, Maine

View complete list: Foreign Direct Investment in Maine

Why did InSphero chose to locate in Maine?

“Proximity to talent, both new to the workforce and experienced; proximity to customers; and proximity to Switzerland, in terms of travel and time zones.”

– Jan Lichtenberg,Ph.D., CEO/Co-founder, InSphero

InSphero imageBased in Zurich, Switzerland, InSphero is a life science technology provider and the world’s leading supplier of organotypic 3D microtissues for drug safety and efficacy testing.