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<b>James Chittum</b>, director of business development at <b>Grow-Tech LLC</b>, holds a peat plug, one of the biobased products made at the company's South Portland manufacturing plant. The plugs are sold to large-scale agricultural and forestry companies for seed propagation and provide optimal aeration and water retention for growing plants.
ON THE COVER

Global demand spurs growth in new forest product sectors

James McCarthy |

James Chittum sees a tremendous opportunity for Maine companies that make products using renewable biobased resources from forest, farm and sea instead of petroleum-based compounds such as...

 
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<b>Patrick Keliher, </b>commissioner of the <b>Maine Department of Marine Resources,</b> addresses issues ranging from the booming elver industry to the three-year closure of the shrimp fishery.

One on One with Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher

Laurie Schreiber |

In the five years since Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher took on the agency's leadership, he and his team have played a central role in making the state's commercial...

 
Focus on Greater Portland
<b>Westbrook Mayor Colleen Hilton on the deck of Ethos Marketing and Design, which overlooks the Presumpscot River. </b>

Portland's real estate crunch is a golden opportunity for Westbrook, Gorham

Lori Valigra |

With shortages of commercial and residential real estate in Portland pushing up prices, two nearby communities, Westbrook and Gorham, are seeing...

Portland property shortage brings new life to old spaces

laurie schreiber | 1

With millennials a coveted target, and Portland acquiring a growing taste for locally produced products, Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. was growing,...

Columns

From the Editor: Why they call it The County

We who live in southern Maine tend to think of Aroostook County, a.k.a. The County, as this amorphous space that takes up the upper half of Maine.

<b>Art Boulay</b>

How To: Turn new federal overtime rules into a competitive advantage

BY Art Boulay

The new federal overtime rules will more than double the threshold for employers to avoid paying overtime when salaried employees work over 40 hours...

<b>Jim Milliken</b>

How To: Argue, properly

BY Jim Milliken

This very intense, very intelligent guy startled me by saying something I never had heard before. He interrupted a vigorous argument with me by...

Getting to 100% renewable energy by 2050? Ambitious, but not impossible

The challenge of lowering our electricity costs — which are the lowest in New England but remain a challenge for Maine businesses competing...

A $13.4M question: Will the PUC biomass bidding process be competitive?

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has set a deadline of July 29 for bids seeking to tap a $13.4 million allocation created by the 127th...

 
Lists

Maine's largest business and industrial parks

Ranked by total acreage as of August 2017

RankParkTotal acreage
1Loring Commerce Center, Limestone8,700
2Brunswick Landing, Brunswick3,135

Source: Each park via survey



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