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

Norwegian aquaculture company plans to invest up to $500M in Belfast

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY MAINEBIZ STAFF Nordic Aquafarms, headquartered in Norway and one of the largest international developers of land-based aquaculture, announced today it plans to build one of the world’s largest land-based salmon farms in Belfast, with its total capital investment expected to be between $450 million and $500 million. The Norway-based company announced its plans today at a news conference in … Read More

Coast to coast, hi-tech biz leaves SF to make it in Maine

Cheryl RauNews, WCSH6/WLBZ2

BY CHRIS ROSE, WCSH SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – More and more San Francisco is becoming home to the country’s hottest hi-tech companies, instead of what’s traditionally known as Silicon Valley. But three San Francisco based companies have recently decided to set up shop here. Maine is typically ranked at or near the bottom of best places to do business. … Read More

Australian company buys Saddleback, plans investments at mountain resort

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY MAINEBIZ STAFF An Australian company has agreed to buy Saddleback Mountain Resort from the Berry family, giving the ski resort new life after being closed two seasons. Majella Group, which has diversified holdings and an office in Portland, signed an asset purchase agreement to secure ownership of Saddleback Mountain Resort in Rangeley. The purchase includes all holdings of Saddleback … Read More

Maine’s Aviation Sector is Ready for Takeoff

Cheryl RauNews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Portland, Maine – The Aerospace & Defense industry is the US’s second largest gross export industry.  In 2016, the US exported $146 billion to countries all over the world, supporting 2.4 million US jobs and generating a $90.3 billion positive trade balance.  Civil aerospace products (airplanes and parts) alone accounted for $123.7 billion of these exports, which … Read More

Calif.-based LED manufacturer relocates to southern Maine

Cheryl RauMainebiz, News

BY MAINEBIZ STAFF Cirrus LED Systems, a worldwide leader in LED technology and a member of the Inc. Magazine list of fastest-growing private companies in the nation, has relocated its headquarters and manufacturing operations from San Francisco to Saco. Prior to the move last month, the company had maintained a small East Coast sales office on Middle Street in downtown … Read More

Composites in the News

Maria McIntyreNews

As applications for composites and hybrids continue to diversify and grow, so does this unique niche industry in Maine. Composites in the News May 2017