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Casco Bay Molding Named 2018 Maine MEP Manufacturer of the Year

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Maine MEP names new president

AUGUSTA, Me. - The board of directors of the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) has announced the promotion of Center Director Larry Robinson to president of Maine MEP effective January 1, 2019, according to Board Chair Carl Spang. Robinson will succeed retiring President Muriel Mosher.

"Maine MEP is pleased to announce the appointment of Larry Robinson as president," Spang stated today. "Since joining the organization as a project manager in 2004, Larry has helped clients achieve more than $30 million in impacts. He has an extensive knowledge of Maine's manufacturing sector and has a proven track record of success."

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Maine MEP Now Offers Food Safety Modernization Act Assistance

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Maine MEP Operations Coordinator completes leadership training

AUGUSTA, Me. - December 5, 2018 - Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) today announced that Operations Coordinator Mariah Cunningham-Knaus recently completed the Emerging Leadership program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP). NIST is a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Cunningham-Knaus was among 10 class members selected from MEP programs across the country. Each year MEP centers nominate an individual who would benefit from advanced leadership skills. The year-long leadership training program provides an opportunity for participants to conduct in-depth research about critical issues facing manufacturing.

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Muriel Mosher has been with Maine MEP for 20 years and helped build support in Congress for a national program.

Muriel Mosher, president of the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is retiring at the end of this month after 20 years with the organization.

Mosher joined the partnership, known as Maine MEP, in 1999 and was appointed president in 2012, according to a retirement announcement issued Tuesday. Before 1999, she spent more than 16 years working with MEP centers in Maine and other states, where she played an active role in building congressional support for the national MEP program.

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SBA Administrator Linda McMahon visits Flowfold in Gorham, Maine

GORHAM, Me. - SBA Administrator Linda McMahon visited Flowfold in Gorham, Maine. The company manufactures wallets and streamlined outdoor gear-all here in the U.S. Flowfold has benefitted from SBA assistance from SCORE, SBDC and the SBA STEP Grant Program, as well as Maine MEP. The company has expanded so rapidly that they needed to double their space for operations, and today's visit was held in the new space, which is nearing completion.

SBA Administrator McMahon receives a one-of-a-kind Flowfold bag from James Morin, COO of Flowfold to acknowledge the Agency's commitment to small businesses.

SBA Administrator McMahon speaks with Bill Whittier of Maine Manufacturing and Extension Partnership and Devin McNeill of Flowfold

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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 MEP thanks longtime board member Dana Connors for service

AUGUSTA, Me. - Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, recognized for his 19 years of service on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership
(Maine MEP) Board of Directors.

"We appreciate Dana's unflagging support for our mission. Throughout his service, he always understood the value of our program and promoted it at every opportunity," said Muriel Mosher, president of Maine MEP. "We thank him for his service to Maine MEP."

A graduate of the University of Maine, Connors became president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the state's largest business association, in 1994. In that position, he oversees a broad range of activities, including advocacy efforts, economic and workforce initiatives, and a variety of member services for the business community. Connors has received numerous service and leadership awards, including an honorary doctorate from University of Maine and induction into Junior Achievement's Maine Business Hall of Fame.

Maine MEP's board of directors work with the management team to determine the program's vision and mission, engage in strategic planning, approve programs and services, educate legislative and governmental stakeholders, and ensure financial and risk management, among other responsibilities.

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.

"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)

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Casco Bay Molding, Sanford
2011 Falcon Performance Footwear, Auburn
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

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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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