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 largest patent holders

Ranked by number of utility patents granted to companies with Maine-based inventors for years 2010-2014 (1)

RankCompanyNo. patents 2010-2014 (Maine-based inventors)/No. patents 2014 (Maine-based inventors)
1Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., South Portland (2)142/33
2United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn.68/16
3National Semiconductor Corp. (3), Dallas, Texas58(4)/5(4)

(1) Patent origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor. Only companies with at least one utility patent granted for year 2014 were considered for this list.
(2) Headquartered in San Jose, Calif.
(3) National Semiconductor was acquired by Texas Instruments in September 2011.
(4) Patent count is for National Semiconductor Corp.
SOURCE: U.S. Patent Office./Compiled by Heide Martin.

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