“MITC enabled us to visit a number of undoubtedly helpful locations and future business partners. They were incredibly helpful with every kind of question we had, and it was honestly a pleasure to work with them. Needless to say, we are very thankful for their help and appreciate the corporate connection and even friendship that we have built with them during our visits.” Thomas Estle, Owner, TEL – Gründenhof, Kuppenheim, Germany

Invest in Maine Initiative

Invest in Maine is an initiative of Maine International Trade Center and Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development designed to promote business investment to spur job creation and economic growth.

The key industries targeted for investment hold a unique competitive niche where Maine offers a distinct advantage: advanced materials and composites, aerospace, food and beverage, forest products, and life sciences.



Invest in Maine Advisory Committee

Bryan Briggs, Commercial Business Manager, OPTI Medical Systems, Inc.

Peter DelGreco, President & CEO, Maine & Company

James Detert, Business Development Director, Molnlycke Healthcare

David Erb, Jr., Senior R&D Program Manager, Advanced Structures & Composites Center, University of Maine

Vince Gallacher, Global Technology Director, Tex Tech Industries

Heather Johnson, Commissioner, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development

Dennis Leiner, Chief Technology Officer, Lighthouse Imaging Corporation

Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Jason Lundy, Vice President, Bank of America

Maria McIntyre, Managing Director, Invest in Maine

Wade Merritt, President, Maine International Trade Center

Zeynep Turk, Senior Trade Specialist, Maine International Trade Center

Stephen Von Vogt, Executive Director, Maine Composites Alliance

Brian Whitney, President, Maine Technology Institute

Invest in Maine 2018 Highlights

There were two significant overseas activities for Invest in Maine. The first was attendance to the JEC Composites Show in Paris. This marked the third consecutive year the state hosted a booth in the U.S. pavilion. The delegation included the University of Maine, Montalvo Corporation, Yale Cordage, FMI, and the Maine Composites Alliance.

From a business attraction perspective, the diversity and strength of the group worked to showcase the state’s capacity in the sector to potential investors. Working with Belfast-based lead generation consultant OCO Global, Invest in Maine met with 12 companies at the show, eight of which were first-time introductions.

OCO Global also coordinated a round of meetings in the Milan area as well as with exhibitors at the MIAC paper manufacturing show in Lucca.  The focus of the trip was primarily composites and forest products with participation by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

Visits also included composites manufacturers and companies in food processing, pharma and diagnostics, and engineering.