RollEase Acmeda, STARC Systems Named Most Innovative Businesses of the Year
MRRA Honors Pair of Brunswick Landing Companies at Annual Dinner
Guest Speaker Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert Wows Crowd with Story of Somerville, MA Clean Tech Incubator
FREEPORT, Maine – The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) recognized two Brunswick Landing companies at the MRRA annual meeting and dinner, held Wednesday, Nov. 18th at the Hilton Garden Inn, for innovative business practices.
The dinner was attended by more than 100 folks, including several Brunswick Landing businesses and MRRA strategic partners and friends. Emily Reichert, Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA, served as guest speaker. Greentown Labs, a clean tech business incubator, helped inspire many of the ideas that have come to life in TechPlace.
The Rollease Innovation Center, a division of Rollease Acmeda, was named the most innovative business in the larger company category (10 employees, or more), while STARC Systems, located at TechPlace, was honored as most innovative micro business.
“It’s terrific to see so much innovation going on at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park,” MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque said. “That’s been our goal since opening, to be Maine’s Center for Innovation. These two companies have proven to be tremendously innovative in both their product lines and their business practices. We’re awfully proud to have them here and their presence is invaluable in helping us attract more innovators to these properties.
Rollease Innovation Center
Rollease Acmeda, based in Stamford, CT, opened its Innovation Center at Brunswick Landing in spring of 2014. The center designs, manufactures and markets manual and motorized window covering operating systems and accessories for use in both commercial and residential settings.
Established in 1980, Rollease Acmeda is the leading designer and largest manufacturer of premium clutch-based window covering operating systems worldwide and the third largest distributor of roller shade fabric in the U.S.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition of our work and the investments we’ve made at the facility and in this community,” said Greg Farr, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer. “We are grateful to MRRA for all their support from the very beginning as we established the center and their continued support since opening almost two years ago. Making Brunswick Landing our home was clearly the right decision for our organization.”
Farr said since his firm opened at Brunswick Landing, they’ve produced nearly a thousand prototypes and will bring three new safety products to market. The Innovation Center also recently won a Maine Technology Institute seed grant for an innovation that will revolutionize exterior window coverings.
STARC Systems was one of the first businesses to move into TechPlace, Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator. STARC manufactures modular debris containment systems that provide a clean, airtight and sound deadening construction barrier system to protect work environments from the effects of construction or renovation. The product is a reusable and is configured to be installed and relocated or dismantled quickly and cleanly, providing a sustainable green solution.
“It is certainly an honor to be identified as innovators from an organization that is recognized nationally for business excellence,” STARC Systems founder Tim Hebert said.
“The TechPlace personnel and facilities affords us a tremendous environment for operational success and innovation,” said Bruce Bickford, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer. “We are delighted for this recognition.”
STARC recently advanced to the semifinals of WGME Channel 6’s “Greenlight Maine” series. STARC is competing against 25 other small and innovative business for a $100,000 prize. STARC will be featured in the December 12th episode 11.