America’s eel RAS superstar

(From The Fish Site) Raising eels is a challenge the founder of American Unagi, Sara Rademaker, fully embraces. Using recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), American Unagi is the second and largest operating eel farm in the US. The growth and success of the Waldoboro company has been made possible in part by MTI. Read more »

Greenhouse grower receives ‘Business at Work for Maine’ award

(From hortidaily) Springworks Farm recently received the Finance Authority of Maine's 'Business at Work for Maine' award, in recognition of the outstanding contributions the Lisbon-based company has made to the state's economy. MTI has provided funding and support to help boost the organic aquaponic greenhouse business. Read more »

Lobster lips: The ChapStick alternative

(From News Center Maine) Marin Skincare has launched a new hydrating lip balm using a healing "lobster glycoprotein" as its key ingredient. Due to increased product demand, the Portland-based company is outgrowing its 3,000-square-foot space. MTI provided the startup with initial funding and support. Read more »

SoPo electronics manufacturer hired by Boston startup to make wireless chargers smarter

(From Mainebiz) South Portland-based, Saunders Electronics, was contracted as the U.S. manufacturer for Boston AI startup DeepCharge, Inc. DeepCharge has developed a proprietary platform for high-volume, intelligent wireless charging solutions. "We are excited to see DeepCharge growing and investing in Maine,” said Maine Technology Institute President Brian Whitney. “Their growth aligns well with our goal to position Maine as a hub of tech manufacturing and innovation.” Read more »

Elmet Technologies acquires HC Starck Solutions Americas

(From PM Review) Lewiston-headquartered, Elmet Technologies, has acquired HC Starck Solutions Americas. The combined business will offer customers in defense, aerospace, medical, industrial furnaces, semiconductor, and other industries a broadened portfolio. Since 2015, MTI has made several vital awards to Elmet to help grow its R&D capacity, and preserve and grow its employment base and economic impact in Maine. Read more »

Blue Ox Malthouse in Lisbon to triple production with expanded facility

(From Mainebiz) The time-honored "floor-malting" process is practiced by Blue Ox Malthouse in the Lisbon Industrial Park. The company is currently in the process of setting up shop in a 20,000 square foot industrial building and plans to supply the Northeast with much needed options for distillers. MTI has provided Blue Ox with funding and support. Read more »

Skowhegan ‘food lab’ project gets $99K USDA grant

(From Mainebiz) At an event where Maine Technology Institute sponsored prizes, it was announced that Maine Street Skowhegan was awarded a $99,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The award will fund a planned community kitchen and business incubator. Read more »