Finnish aircraft firm picks Brunswick Landing for U.S. headquarters

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY JAMES MCCARTHY Brunswick Landing has been selected as the headquarters for a joint venture between the Finnish aircraft company Atol Avion and a U.S.-based investor group that plans to build and distribute an amphibious light sport aircraft in the North American market. “They’ll be starting off in TechPlace,” Steve Levesque, executive director of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told Mainebiz … Read More

Fourth happiest state? It’s Maine

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

A national report analyzing five metrics for each of the 50 states puts Maine as the fourth-highest state overall for well-being. That ranking, announced today as part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, is up nearly 20 spots from last year. The report looks at how states compare across the five elements of well-being: Purpose, defined as “liking … Read More

Wayfair’s Maine expansion set with Bangor opening

Cheryl RauMainebiz

The Boston-based online home goods retailer Wayfair opened the doors of its Bangor customer service center on Friday, nearly seven months since it made its initial announcement that the center would bring 450 jobs to the city. “We are excited to join the local Bangor community and build upon the area’s tremendous legacy in customer service,” Liz Graham, vice president … Read More

TechPlace biotech firm now taking U.S. orders

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

Swiss biotech company InSphero AG, a supplier of 3D microtissues for drug testing, said it started taking and processing orders with North American customers on Feb. 1 through its U.S. subsidiary at Brunswick Landing’s TechPlace incubator. Stewart Hunt, the general manager of the Brunswick company, said the transition will simplify order fulfillment for customers in the company’s largest market, because … Read More

Italian storage manufacturer Modula opens factory in Lewiston

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

Modula, an Italian manufacturer of automated picking and storage solutions for factories and warehouses, recently established its North American headquarters by opening a new factory in Lewiston. The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at the facility, which covers more than 102,000 square feet of production and engineering space and houses 50 people, according to the company. Modula said it … Read More

A boon for boat builder: Millennium Marine grows jobs in Eastport

Sarah MorrisseauEvents, Mainebiz

BY LAURIE SCHREIBER The boatbuilding firm Millennium Marine has had mostly success since it moved from New Brunswick to Eastport a year ago — so much so, that it plans to add 20 employees. Millennium Marine manufactures specialized vessels for fishermen, government agencies, research organizations and other professional operations. The third-generation family business has produced more than 600 boats over … Read More

TechPlace gears up for Phase II industrial space

Sarah MorrisseauMainebiz, News

BY LORI VALIGRA TechPlace, the new startup incubator at Brunswick Landing being developed by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, is gearing up for its Phase II expansion, which would include both individual company and shared manufacturing space. The incubator, which opened its office space in January during Phase I operations, has one tenant, Brunswick Landing Realty Development Corp., plus six … Read More

Eimskip boosts Portland-Halifax shipping calls

Sarah MorrisseauMainebiz, News

BY JAMES MCCARTHY Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company that moved its U.S. port of call for its vessels to Portland from Norfolk, Va., is increasing the number of calls it makes to Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 13 to 31 calls per year. In a joint press release with the Port of Halifax, Eimskip noted the expanded service began on Feb. … Read More