Hodgdon Yachts, America’s oldest boat builder, is a family-owned company based in East Boothbay. The company has evolved and diversified in recent years. For example, their 100-foot mono-hull Comanchee demonstrated the company’s abilities to push the limits of modern boat building as they completed the carbon fiber composite construction in just 13 months.

Industry Hub for Innovation

  • The Composites Engineering and Research Laboratory (CERL) at the University of Southern Maine, is the most advanced polymer characterization lab in the northeast, resulting in one of the strongest composite technology programs in the country.
  • The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is ISO 17025-accredited and encompasses 13 integrated laboratories in material science, manufacturing and engineering.
  • Maine companies work on extreme applications of advanced materials including temperature, strength, lightness and corrosion resistance.
  • Bio-based composite hybrids are burgeoning areas supported by R&D at the University of Maine.

Select Advanced Materials & Composites Companies in Maine







Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI)


Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI) designs, develops, and manufactures components and products that serve a range of applications from industrial insulation and friction hardware, to thermal protection systems (TPS), rocket motors and missile nose tips. FMI materials can be found inside industrial furnaces, at the National Air and Space Museum, and on the surface of Mars.  READ MORE

Why Choose Maine for Advanced Materials?

  • Maine is home to leading manufacturers of advanced materials and their secondary markets as well as smaller, specialized companies excelling in: bio-based composites, extreme applications, infrastructure, marine technologies, and transportation.
  • The state’s textile heritage has resulted in the creation of the next generation of advanced materials, ranging from flame retardant to fabrics containing fiberglass and wood derivatives.
  • Research facilities, training programs, and educational institutions collaborate with industry and promote innovation.
  • The state is near the large markets of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., but at a fraction of the cost.