Maine’s Composites Industry
Brunswick Landing: Maine’s Center for Innovation is an ideal location for your growing composites company. With industry specific educational programs, a reputation for high-quality advanced technology businesses, a highly skilled and motivated workforce, duty free Foreign-Trade Zone designation, an airport on campus, modern infrastructure, and excellent, spacious facilities, this is an exciting time to consider locating your business at the redeveloped Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB).
- Size: 31,980 Sq. Ft. (2,971.04 Sq. Mt.); 246’ x 130’ x 38’ (74.98m X 39.62m X 11.58m)
- Past use by the U.S. Navy: Building 86, located at 54 Orion Street at Brunswick Landing, was a service shop for ground service equipment. Service bays, de-icing bays, service shops, administrative office, paint booth, blast room, wash bays. Accessible only by the airfield and located within the flight line.
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Why Brunswick Landing? Midcoast Maine has been described as the epicenter for the composites industry with a broad range of composites companies located in the region. These companies are primarily engaged in the manufacturing of plastics products, nonwoven fabrics and felts, plastic foam products, the machining of plastic parts and composite materials, the weaving of broad woven fabric and felts, and much more.
Workforce Training: Brunswick is home to Southern Maine Community College’s Maine Advanced Technology and Engineering Center (MATEC). MATEC is dedicated to working directly with composites companies in Maine to develop specific training and testing based on industry needs.
Brunswick offers experienced and highly motivated composite workers.
- The cost of composites labor near Brunswick is 10 – 35% less than the national average
- The availability of composites workers with relevant experience and within 50 miles of Brunswick exceeds 1,500
- There is an ample supply of supervisory and management employees within the same radius
Source: Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and Information
- Composites Industry in Maine
Comprised of mostly small and medium size companies with a high level of quality, specialization and innovation
Supplying the marine, automotive, aerospace, architecture and construction sectors
- Core of yacht and boat building industry: manufactured the 155 foot / 47 meter Scheherazade (in 2003 the largest sailing vessel built in the Western hemisphere
- U.S. Navy Special Operation Vessel Mark V
- Products for Airbus Industries
- Expert use of resin infusion in closed mold processes such as vacuum infusion
- Annual growth of 7%
- R&D and Testing Support by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine
Advanced composites will integrate with many of the industries slated for Brunswick Landing, such as: aviation/aerospace, the renewable energy center, educational facilities, manufacturing, and research and development.
Potential industries include:
- Renewable Energy
- Boat and Ship Building
- Marine Industries
- Structural Components
- Advanced Composites and Materials Manufacturing
Workforce and Labor Pool for Composites Industry Workers in Maine
|Occupational Title||Employment (50-mile radius)||Median Wage|
|General and Operations Managers||7,330||$42.95|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||690||$43.14|
|Industrial Production Managers||380||$41.91|
|First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers||2,230||$26.69|
|Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators||140||$15.48|
|Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other||400||$12.15|
|Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic||270||$19.20|
|Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||120||$15.53|
|Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||180||$18.65|
|Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||380||$21.94|
Source: Maine Dept. of Labor
Maine Composites Studies and Market Reports
- The Advanced Materials Industry in Maine: Examples of Innovative Products & Technology (Maine International Trade Center Report)
- Composites Industry Market Report (MRRA publication)
- Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
- Maine Composites Alliance
- Maine Marine Trade Association
- Southern Maine Community College (Maine Advanced Technology Center)
- University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center