Maine MEP Client Auburn Manufacturing, Inc Wins National Hero of Manufacturing Award

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership recently awarded Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. with the Heroes of Manufacturing Award, following a nomination from Maine MEP. The Maine company was one of only two manufacturers chosen from across the country.

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Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI) is an industry leader in the manufacture of advanced textiles for extreme-heat environments. AMI began making safe substitutes for asbestos textiles in 1979 and now leads the industry in innovation and safety. AMI was one of the first to adopt performance-based, third-party testing to improve quality and safety for workers in hot environments. AMI manufactures their products here in Maine and currently sells their products to 30 countries worldwide. 

As a member of several national councils and boards, AMI’s president Kathie Leonard represents Maine and New England on global trade issues. Leonard is also known for offering competitive wages and empowering employees through training, promotions and the chance to offer their expertise and engage in process improvements. AMI is also a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and the recipient of several previous state awards, including 2017 Maine MEP Manufacturer of the Year. The Heroes of Manufacturing award is presented to two manufacturers who strive to improve lives by making their communities and economies better and stronger.

“Maine MEP’s relationship with AMI has spanned many years and we have enjoyed being part of their incredible advancement through the years. We have worked with them on strategic planning, quality systems, process improvement and staff training, and their commitment to the community and their employees makes them a joy to work with,” says Wayne Messer, Maine MEP senior project manager.