Environmental DNA Research of Maine’s Coastal Waters Funded by NSF

Maria McIntyreUncategorized

The National Science Foundation is funding a five-year study into the state’s coastal waters to further the understanding of sustainability of coastal ecosystems using environmental DNA or eDNA, the genetic traces left behind by living organisms. The study is a collaboration among Bigelow Laboratory, the University of Maine, Southern Maine Community College and Colby College. Read more

New Metal 3D Printer at UMaine

Maria McIntyreUncategorized

The University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center in Orono has become one of the first campuses in the country to have a metal 3D printer available to students and business. Read More

Mass timber commercialization gets boost at UMaine

Maria McIntyreUncategorized

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and Bowdoin College each received $100,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service to promote research and construction of mass timber buildings on the campuses. Bowdoin plans to put the funds toward the construction of the Barry M. Hall and the Center for Arctic Studies. UMaine will use to funds to expand … Read More

ND Paper opens Old Town mill

Maria McIntyreUncategorized

The reopening of the Old Town Mill is expected to support the regional economy and bolster Maine’s forest products industry.  The pulp mill officially reopened Tuesday, August 13, in ceremonies that included a tour of the plant attended by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, and U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, according to a news release.  ND … Read More

ND Paper to buy and reopen Old Town Mill, restoring 100 jobs

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY JAMES MCCARTHY Two days after announcing a two-year $111 million investment at its Rumford paper mill, ND Paper LLC said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to purchase the Old Town pulp and paper mill, which has been idled since previous owners ended operations there in 2015. ND Paper, a wholly owned Illinois-based subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) … Read More

Bon Appetit salutes Portland as top food city in the U.S.

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY MAINEBIZ STAFF Bon Appetit magazine, which recently praised Portland’s Rose Foods and Drifters Wife, now names it “City of the Year.” The September issue, which will hit the newsstands Aug. 14, says Portland is by far its smallest honoree, following a three-year stretch where Bon Appetit honored Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. “Full disclosure: I’ve got a thing … Read More

Maine Voices: State’s community colleges are innovating to help meet workforce needs

Cheryl RauNews, Portland Press Herald

BY JEAN GINN MARVIN, SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD As summer and Maine’s hospitality, construction and other key industries have kicked into high gear, no one needs to be told that our state faces a serious workforce shortage. The evidence is all around us in help‑wanted listings, offers of signing bonuses and abbreviated business hours. The good news is that unemployment in … Read More

Wayfair to add 150 jobs at Brunswick Landing

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY MAINEBIZ STAFF Wayfair plans to add 150 more jobs to its Brunswick Landing site. The Times Record reported that plan will bring the online furnishing and home decor company’s workforce to 550, meeting its goal of having more than 500 employees in Brunswick. The hiring timeline is still to be determined. Liz Graham, Wayfair’s vice president of sales and … Read More

SmartLam becomes second CLT company to locate in Maine

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY JAMES MCCARTHY SmartLam, a Montana-based company that is the first manufacturer of Cross-Laminated Timber in the United States, announced Thursday it plans to expand its operations to the East Coast by opening a new manufacturing facility in Maine. Located in Columbia Falls, Mont., SmartLam is among the six companies the Maine Technology Institute announced Thursday would receive collectively $10.5 … Read More

Anchor tenant signs on at Millinocket’s shuttered paper mill

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY MAUREEN MILLIKEN The site that once housed Millinocket’s Great Northern Paper mill has its first tenant — an anchor that is expected to bring 100 direct jobs to the Katahdin region in the next five years. LignaCLT Maine LLC will build a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on 35 acres of the 1,400-acre site now owned by Our Katahdin LLC, becoming … Read More