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Larry Robinson, Center Director at Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, returns to the Maine MEP after a nine-month military mobilization to the Middle East.

AUGUSTA, ME - Larry Robinson, Center Director at Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP), has returned to the Maine MEP after a nine-month military mobilization to the Middle East. Larry was deployed as part of the Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) responsible for the defeat ISIS campaign. Reporting in theater on 1 October 2017 Robinson was assigned to the Intelligence Directorate within CJTF-OIR. During his mobilization, Larry led an eighty-three person branch consisting of military, government, and private contractors responsible for producing intelligence analysis in support of the campaign.
Mobilizations are long days in a very fast paced, sometimes stressful work environment. Being assigned to the Middle East brought additional unique challenges as well." Robinson said. "With that said, mobilizations do offer professional growth experiences which I'm excited to bring back to the Maine MEP and the clients we serve."
"As a Maine MEP staff member since 2004 and center director since 2012, Robinson has led the organizations efforts to foster manufacturing innovation and economic growth," said Muriel Mosher, Maine MEP president. "Before joining Maine MEP, Robinson worked in the metal fabrication and electronics industries in various engineering and management positions. Larry plans to continue his military service as the Commanding Officer of a U.S. Naval Reserve unit located at FT. Dix, NJ."

Maine MEP announces Manufacturing Day keynote speaker

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) is pleased to announce Carroll Thomas as keynote speaker at their annual national Manufacturing Day celebration. The event will be held on October 5, 2018, at 10 a.m., at Casco Bay Molding, 63 Smada Drive, Sanford, Maine.

Thomas is director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she leads a nationwide network of MEP centers that focus on helping U.S. manufacturers strengthen their supply chain integration and access new technology, which helps increase their global competitiveness. She previously was associate administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Small Business Development Centers.

Prior to joining SBA, she served in various leadership functions at NIST MEP. She has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and small business development experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Design and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University in International Business.

Maine International Trade Center President's Award Presented To
Muriel Mosher, Maine MEP President

A valued friend and partner to Maine International Trade Center for many years, Muriel Mosher has served as a member of the MITC Board of Directors since 2005. Under Muriel's leadership, the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and MITC have developed a mutually beneficial relationship that has led to significant export success for Maine's small manufacturers. Beyond the close organizational ties, however, Muriel has also been a tremendous source of support and guidance to both MITC presidents with whom she has worked. Muriel has announced her retirement from Maine MEP at the end of 2018. The staff, board, and alumni of MITC offer our sincere thanks for all she has done for MITC, Maine MEP, and our shared clients. We wish her nothing but the best.

The Maine Crisp Company LLC receives the 2018 Bronze sofi Award for The Maine Crisp Co. Cranberry Almond Crisps in the Cracker category

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"We were pleased to welcome a visit from Beth Colbert of the NIST MEP, along with Muriel Mosher, President of the Maine MEP. Their work and assistance has helped us improve our precision, safety, and efficiency over the years as we have grown to create more Maine jobs and Maine exports. We greatly appreciate their help." Seth Berry, Vice-President of Business Development, Kennebec River BioScience and State Representative, District 55.

(pictured, left to right: Muriel Mosher, Beth Colbert, Seth Berry)

Economic development in Waterville sees boost after I-95 Interchange construction

Muriel Mosher, President of Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, joined Maine Senator Angus King to visit the current Trafton Road Development site in Waterville, which included a tour of F3 MFG, Inc. and distribution businesses on the former Wyandotte Mill site.

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Innovation on fire - Kathie Leonard stokes the global market for heat-resistant materials

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Maine MEP joins Bixby Bar's Bean to Bar ribbon cutting ceremony.

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A ceremonial ribbon-cutting is held Thursday afternoon, Sept. 7, for Bixby & Co.'s "Bean to Bar" chocolate factory retail room on Sea Street in Rockland. Photo by: Stephen Betts, VillageSoup - Knox

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August 10, 2017 – Congressman Bruce Poliquin tours Carrier Welding and Fabrication, based in Wilton, Maine.




Maine MEP Visits U.S. Senator Collins' Augusta Office

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Maine MEP and U.S Senator Collins

"I had a great meeting with Muriel Mosher, president of the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP); Carl Spang, owner of Falcon Performance Footwear; Kathie Leonard, CEO of Auburn Manufacturing; and several other business leaders in my Augusta office. We discussed the vital resources Maine MEP provides to local companies to help create jobs and spur economic growth."

Maine MEP Clients meeting with Senator Collins included Jason Hallee (Alere), Greg Boyd (Alternative Manufacturing), Kate and Donna McAlery (Bixby Bars), Kathie Leonard (Auburn Manufacturing), Dennis Shores (Xuron), and Carl Spang, Chair of the Maine MEP Board of Directors.

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Maine MEP client, Leigh Kellis, founder of The Holy Donut in Portland, was presented the Maine SBA's Small Business Person of the Year award on Monday, May 15, 2017. Read More

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Photo (Left to Right): Mark Hayward, Acting Regional SBA Director; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree; Leigh Kellis, The Holy Donut Founder; and Amy Bassett, Maine SBA Director.

Auburn Manufacturing Inc., Auburn
2010 Mathews Brothers, Belfast
Coffee By Design, Portland
2009 Alere, Scarborough
Xuron Corp., Saco
2008 Kenway Corporation, Augusta
2014 Huhtamaki, Inc., Waterville 2007 Flotation Technologies, Biddeford
2013 Kennebec Technologies, Augusta 2006 CedarWorks, Rockport
2012 FHC Inc., Bowdoin 2005 Designs by Lucinda, Portland
2011 Falcon Performance Footwear, Auburn

Auburn Manufacturing, Inc.
2017 Maine MEP Manufacturing Excellence Award Recipient

Auburn Manufacturing Inc., a certified Women's Business Enterprise and industry leader in textile manufacturing, was presented the 2017 Maine MEP Manufacturing Excellence award on October 6, 2017, National Manufacturing Day. Entirely USA made and manufactured in Maine, Auburn Manufacturing specializes in high-performance textiles and fabrics for extreme temperature applications. The Maine MEP award is presented each year to a company that demonstrates the leadership, vision and manufacturing excellence that characterizes Next Generation Manufacturers.
Muriel Mosher, Maine MEP President; Kathie Leonard - Owner, Auburn Manufacturing, Inc.; George Gervais - DECD Commissioner Kathie Leonard and AMI staff accepting Maine MEP Manufacturing Excellence Award
Kathie Leonard accepting congratulatory messages from U.S. Senator Susan Collins, U.S. Senator Angus King, U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree and U.S. Representative Bruce Poliquin congressional staffers Kathie Leonard accepting Legislative Sentiment from State Senator Eric Brakey, State Representative Bruce Bickford and State Representative Bettyann Sheats
Wayne Messer, Maine MEP Senior Project Manager; Kathie Leonard Maine MEP Team and Beth Colbert, NIST MEP Regional Manager

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The Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Engineering and Business is intended for students who have a B.S. in engineering or engineering technology who want to advance into management positions. The degree combines advanced engineering and business courses with applied field experience. The applied field experience integrates the new skills learned by the student with their needs and the needs of their employer.

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Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Maine MEP is a unique resource for manufacturing and its supply chain in Maine.

We create opportunities for Maine's small and medium sized manufacturers, by helping them become more efficient, productive and globally competitive.

We are an organization with a culture of innovation that leverages MEP resources in the application of new ideas to clients, products and processes in pursuit of profits.

Vision: In the next five years, the Maine MEP will become the primary point of contact for all of Maine's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) service needs. By leveraging the Center's expertise, SMEs will be able to attain their business goals.

Mission: The mission of the Maine MEP is to facilitate economic development in Maine by providing needed services to Maine's SMEs.

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Competing effectively in the global marketplace of the 21st century requires steady access to information and knowledge applied to innovative strategies. Lots of it. Every day. Whether your customers are across town or across time zones. That means where you turn for help could be the most crucial business decision you make.

The Maine MEP is part of a nationwide network of technical, manufacturing and business specialists linked together by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); the Maine MEP is a unique resource for manufacturing in Maine.

Over the past five quarters, Maine MEP clients* have reported that they:

* No client is surveyed more than once in a 12 month period. Data is from 5 Quarterly Surveys, which were conducted from January 2016 through February 2017. Clients are asked about impacts experienced over the past year.

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