Year in review: uncertainty but big wins in 2012

Headlines in 2012 were dominated by political news as we re-elected a president, sent a familiar face to Washington and watched as the State House turned more blue than red.

Greg Sweetser, executive director of the Ski Maine Association, says technology has given a real boost to Maine's $300 million ski industry

Tech investments fortify ski season for Maine resorts

Mark Jeanneret |

Greg Sweetser has seen all manner of winter's weather-related ups and downs.

Robert Sharood displays a petri dish with mycelium in his Sanford lab while his father John holds growing medium for mushrooms

Mushroom business grows from new technology


A new type of cleanroom, complete with employees wearing protective bunny suits, is situated amid the rolling hills and farms of Springvale, in York County. But instead of manufacturing...

Glimmers of recovery spotted in N.E.

James McCarthy |

All eyes were turned toward the threat of sequestration and the economy pitching off a looming fiscal cliff at a recent conference to forecast the region's economy.

Focus on Safety & Security
Dan A. Cote Sr., left, CEO and treasurer of The Cote Corp., a crane and rigging company based in Auburn, is joined by the company’s controller Daniel Gagne and his son, Daniel P. Cote Jr.,  who serves as vice president of operations and sales at the family-owned company.  Founded in 1966 by Armand and Carmen Cote, the company makes safety a top priority ... and finds bottom line benefits as a result.

‘Zero injuries’ is the norm at The Cote Corp.

James McCarthy |

In the crane and rigging work The Cote Corp. performs — whether it's lifting a 20-ton vault into a new bank building, installing a...

More move to the cloud as ME data cos. prepare for boom

Darren Fishell |

Behind the black door at its high-security data center in Brunswick, Oxford Networks is preparing for one of information technology's...


Tax sheltering tool will gain popularity in new year

BY Justin Lamontagne

There are a few things in life that make me uncomfortable. The grocery store, for example, totally overwhelms me. The feeling of a new...

State revenues drop further; a fond farewell

BY Mal Leary

Curtailed spending gains momentumSupplemental budget still in flux


Maine's highest-paid public company executives

Ranked by total annual compensation, 2013

RankName, company, locationTotal annual compensation (1)/Industry
1Michael Dubyak (2), president/CEO, WEX Inc., South Portland$4,754,228/Payment solutions
2Jonathan Ayers, president/CEO, Idexx Laboratories Inc., Westbrook$3,973,984 (3)/Biotechnology
3Michael Williams, executive vice president, Idexx Laboratories Inc., Westbrook$2,781,762/Biotechnology

(1) Total annual compensation includes salary, bonus, stock and option awards, non-equity incentive plan compensation and change in pension value and nonqualified deferred
compensation earnings, where applicable. (2) Dubyak resigned as president, effective May 1, 2013 and as CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He continues to serve as director and executive chairman of the board. (3) Figure reflects compensation Ayers received as an employee. He received no additional compensation for his service as a director.

SOURCE: U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission company proxy statements (14A); each company's financial statements/Compiled by Heide Martin.

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