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.
Photo Caption: Muriel Mosher, President of the Maine MEP was presented the 2018 Maine International Trade Day's President Award in recognition of her exceptional support of the MITC program.
May 17, 2018 Gibb hired as Maine MEP finance manager
February 26, 2018 New Upjohn Report Release Shows MEP Provides 14.5 to 1 Return to Federal Treasury
Last week, the W.E. Upjohn Institute released a new study that found the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of 14.5:1 for the $128 million annually invested by the federal government.
Using the national REMI® model, along with the results from the FY2017 NIST MEP client impact survey conducted by Fors Marsh, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research study finds that economic returns are substantially higher than previously reported by the MEP program due to broader economic effects. Each year, an independent firm surveys manufacturers regarding the impact they have achieved from MEP Center services. In 2017, MEP clients reported $12.6 billion new and retained sales of which $3.5 billion is new sales providing an economic stimulus of 27 to 1 (based on the $128 million federal investment) and the creation or retention of more than 100,000 jobs. The Upjohn study reports that the $128 million invested in MEP during FY2017 generated a 14.5 to 1 increase in federal personal income tax ($1.86B/$128M federal investment). The study looked solely at personal income tax and not business taxes, and provides a conservative estimate of the return.
In addition, the Upjohn study finds more jobs were generated by the MEP program than directly reported by its clients. The study finds that more than 219,000 additional jobs existed in the U.S because of MEP center projects last year than would have without the program. This estimate includes direct, indirect, and induced jobs generated by MEP projects. These jobs support additional manufacturing jobs critical to U.S. supply chains and jobs outside of manufacturing. Lastly, the Upjohn study also examined additional areas of economic impact not previously reported by the MEP Program; personal income is $13.76 billion higher and GDP is $22.01 billion larger, translating to an increase of $1.86 billion in personal income tax revenue to the federal government than would be reported without the program.
March 27, 2018 - Trafton Road Development Site Tour
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. Watch video and Learn more
Narrated by actors Sean (Goonies, Rudy and Stranger Things) and John Astin (Gomez Addams). Their father and grandfather was a NIST director, Allen Astin, and the piece is structured with quotes from Astin.
Maine MEP joins Bixby Bar's Bean to Bar ribbon cutting ceremony
Above: 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
June 5, 2017 Maine MEP Visits U.S Senator Collins' Augusta Office Muriel Mosher shared U.S. Senator Susan Collins's Photo
"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.
April 21, 2017 On Patriots Day, April 17, Maine's Congressman Bruce Poliquin toured four of Maine MEP's clients in the Auburn area: Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI), The Strainrite Companies, Globe Manufacturing and Thos. Moser Cabinet Makers.
Below are comments/photos from the Congressman's newsletter and an article from AMI's Blog.
March 24, 2017 Jøtul North America Employees Participating in a Maine MEP Lean for Office training Session
Located in Gorham, Maine, Jøtul North America employs approximately 75 people and sells approximately 17,000 wood and gas stoves, inserts, and fireplaces throughout North America annually. It is considered the dominant cast iron player in the North America hearth products market.
August 4, 2014
Wiscasset Newspaper featured Senator Angus King's visit to Maine Medicinal, sister company of Eldertide, one of this year's recipient of the SBA Tibbetts Award. Maine Medicinal is an Maine MEP client and Bill Whittier, Maine MEP project manager, is featured in the video.
Maine MEP 2013 Manufacturing Excellence Award presented to Augusta-based Kennebec Technologies
Left to right: State Representatives Lori Fowle and Matthew Pouliot, Wick Johnson (President, Kennebec Technologies), State Senators Linda Valentino and Roger Katz.
Left to right: Muriel Mosher (President, Maine MEP), Larry Robinson (Center Director, Maine MEP), Wayne Messer (Maine MEP Senior Project Manager), Wick Johnson (President, Kennebec Technologies), Bill Whittier (Maine MEP, Project Manager) and Bob Doiron (Maine MEP, Senior Project Manager).
Left to right: Lucy Sommo (MITC), Maria McIntyre (SBDC), Peter Pare (ME DOL), Wick Johnson (President Kennebec Technologies), George Gervais (DECD Commissioner), Lisa Martin (Executive Director, MAMe) and Dana Connors (President, Maine State Chamber of Commerce)
June 18, 2012
John Karp of Freeport, has just earned a "black belt," but not the kind that comes with high leg kicks or breaking bricks with your bare hand. Karp is just the 22nd person in the country to earn a so-called black belt in engineering innovation. Karp is serving as interim director of the Maine MEP, which is funded by federal and state funds and fees from businesses that take advantage of its business "coaches." He talked with MPBN's Irwin Gratz.
Click here to listen.
Presentation of the Maine MEP 2010 Manufacturing Excellence Award
Bruce Pulkkinen, Maine MEP Board Chair, State Senator Elizabeth Schneider, Scott Hawthorne, President Mathews Brothers and State Representative Jane Crosby Giles
Presenting the State of Maine Flag to Scott Hawthorne, President of Mathews Brothers (right) are State Representative Jane Crosby Giles and State Senator Chris Rector.
February 13, 2008 Congressman Michaud in his op-ed titled "President's budget: misplaced priorities," "The Piscataquis Observer," February 13, 2008, edition, "The President's budget also essentially eliminates the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), cutting funding by $87 million below the level needed to maintain current services and providing only $4 million for 2009. MEP provides resources and services to U.S. manufacturers to help create jobs, leverage private-sector investment, and be more competitive. As our economy slows, we should not be cutting funding to programs that create jobs. In fact, we need to be doing everything we can to create and sustain jobs, especially in the he manufacturing sector. This is not a cut that would be good for Maine, especially given the recent layoffs and plant closures."
February 12, 2008 Congressman Allen in his op-ed titled "Bush budget gets no rubber-stamp this year," "The Franklin Journal", February 12, 2008, edition, stated, "For example, under the President's plan, Maine would lose $772,000 in Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program funds, at a loss of an estimated 356 jobs and nearly $15 million in private investments. I have visited scores of small businesses across Maine that have used MEP funds to invest in start up or expansion, creating thousands of good jobs."
January 2008 What is Manufacturing? from the December/January edition of "Machining The Voice of Manufacturing" by Jack Healy, Director of the MassMEP.
Audio Interview: John Karp of Freeport, has just earned a "black belt," but not the kind that comes with high leg kicks or breaking bricks with your bare hand. Karp is just the 22nd person in the country to earn a so-called black belt in engineering innovation. Karp is serving as interim director of the Maine MEP, which is funded by federal and state funds and fees from businesses that take advantage of its business "coaches." He talked with MPBN's Irwin Gratz. Click here to listen.
Inside Maine interview with the GovernorÂs Senior Policy Advisor John Butera, Saturday, December 24, 2011, discussing the Maine MEP M.O.S.T.Â® job training program. Listen to the Audio
Mainebiz Sunday, aired on Portland station, WCSH. On Sunday, May 10, 2009, Rosemary Presnar, operations manager for Maine MEP, along with Shelly Doak of the Maine Grocers Association and Waite Maclin of Pastor Chuck Orchards, were guests on Mainebiz Sunday. The group discussed the recent collaboration of the Maine MEP, Maine Grocers Association and the Maine Food Producers Alliance to promote the growth of the state's value-added food producers. The Maine specialty food sector was recently awarded a Maine Technology Institute's Cluster Initiative award of $458,922, matched with outside funding of $680,268.
2010 Maine MEP's Manufacturing Excellence Award recipient - Mathews Brothers - expanding new line of high performance windows. See video here.