APP


Partnership Year in Review 2016

    2016 was a busy year for the Aroostook Partnership. We completed the merger of LEAD and APP, expanded the Board of Directors and Executive Committee responsibilities, and made great progress on how we’ll organize to lead economic development efforts going forward.  Our top three priorities this year were to 1) promote County job awareness and expand business/education collaboration, 2) lead the Forest Cluster efforts to grow this key segment of our economy and 3) expand our manufacturing growth potential. We continued two very successful former LEAD signature events in hosting live political debates with WAGM that were aired statewide and in holding the impressive ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, which was won by the Buck family (Maine Malt House).
    From a County growth perspective, we saw moderate growth with about $77M of investment and approximately 75 new jobs created.  That brings our 5 year totals to about $750M of total investment and 714 new jobs created.  Generally, our forestry and manufacturing sectors observed the most success and there were also new capabilities added in healthcare and agriculture.  We saw new restaurants open and a number of positive developments emerge that could set the stage for some significant future employment.
    The Partnership’s top priority remains growing tomorrow’s workforce.  This year AP purchased the ‘Virtual Job Shadow’ program for 17 County High Schools to help students better understand career choices.  In collaboration with our Superintendents, AP spent $9000 on this effort saving $6000 by doing a block purchase – a great example of how ‘working together’ can be more cost effective.  AP sponsored three ‘Business/Teacher’ socials across the County where we had employers meet with guidance counselors and teachers to describe the number of forecast jobs, education requirements and qualities they were looking for in future employees.  These ‘socials’ were very successful and we plan to continue these sessions in 2017 to build awareness of businesses and employment opportunities in hopes this information will be passed on to students.  We also started a ‘Did You Know’ email series to over 800 educators on business employment facts to emphasize that there ARE jobs here!
    In Forestry and Manufacturing, Louisiana Pacific (LP) and Huber had excellent years and LP recently announced they’ll hire another 20 employees to return to full time operations.  Similarly, the Irving mill announced they were expanding and looking to hire another 20 employees.  Twin Rivers paper company is investing another $12M to upgrade a machine and have moved their research efforts from Quebec to the University of Maine.  AP’s Forest Cluster had a great year and supported the passing of two key pieces of legislation getting the State to purchase Biomass power from ReEnergy and eliminating the off-road diesel tax for loggers to help them lower costs in these challenging times. Smith & Wesson in Houlton is planning to transfer their hand cuff production allowing room to install more CNC machines to grow their main plant production.  Porvair in Caribou continues to grow having built their new ‘clean room’, hire more personnel, and more than double their previous business base.  ACME Monaco recently signed their new lease agreement and has started their $2.3M upgrade that should conclude in 2017.
    Our Energy sector was not so fortunate.  A couple of the major wind projects (#9 Mtn. & King Pine) were counting on the ~$1B Emera/CMP ‘Maine Renewable Energy Interconnect’ project to be awarded.  When that didn’t occur, those projects are now back to looking for future contracts before proceeding.  On the ‘good news’ front, the companies maintain that the projects are still viable and believe they’ll materialize in the future.
    In Agriculture, Pineland Farms in Mars Hill has been very successful, continued to hire more employees and started another expansion effort. Smith Farms experienced new competition from a firm in New York but continue to be successful and had great success with their new solar system.  Other good news was that the Maine Malt House company in Mapleton was so successful that they are expanding their production facility to quadruple their product development to satisfy the heavy demand for malt that is ‘made in Maine’.
    The efforts of the Partnership happened because of the time, talent and energy from our members, the dedication of the Board of Directors, our tireless executive committee and the outstanding members in our working groups. The Partnership is an amazing model that shows the real desire to advance Aroostook.

 

Major Employers

TOP 25 PRIVATE EMPLOYERS IN AROOSTOOK BY AVERAGE MONTHLY EMPLOYMENT BY COUNTY (2ND QUARTER 2015)

NAME

COUNTY

EMPLOYMENT RANGE

BUSINESS DESCRIPTION

AROOSTOOK MEDICAL CENTER, THE

AROOSTOOK

1,001 to 1,500

General medical and surgical hospitals

WAL MART / SAM'S CLUB

AROOSTOOK

501 to 1,000

Discount department stores

TWIN RIVERS PAPER COMPANY LLC

AROOSTOOK

501 to 1,000

Newsprint mills

MCCAIN FOODS USA INC

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Frozen fruit and vegetable manufacturing

NORTHERN MAINE MEDICAL CENTER

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

General medical and surgical hospitals

HOULTON REGIONAL HOSPITAL

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

General medical and surgical hospitals

CARIBOU NURSING HOME INC

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Nursing care facilities, skilled nursing

COMMUNITY LIVING ASSOCIATION

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Services for the elderly and disabled

SITEL OPERATING CORPORATION

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Telemarketing and other contact centers

NORTHERN MAINE GENERAL

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Nursing care facilities, skilled nursing

AROOSTOOK MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Outpatient mental health centers

COLUMBIA FOREST PRODUCTS INC

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Hardwood veneer and plywood manufacturing

NATURALLY POTATOES

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Perishable prepared food manufacturing

HANNAFORD BROS CO

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Supermarkets and other grocery stores

BURRELLES INFORMATION SERVICES LLC

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

All other information services

PARADIS SHOP 'N SAVE

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Supermarkets and other grocery stores

MAINE MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE CO

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Direct property and casualty insurers

MADIGAN ESTATES

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Nursing care facilities, skilled nursing

AROOSTOOK HOME HEALTH SERVICES

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Home health care services

KATAHDIN TRUST CO

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Commercial banking

PINES HEALTH SERVICES INC

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Offices of physicians, except mental health

DAIGLE OIL COMPANY

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Fuel dealers

BORDERVIEW REHAB AND LIVING CENTER

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Nursing care facilities, skilled nursing

CAREER SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT CORP

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Other technical and trade schools

LOUISIANA PACIFIC CORPORATION

AROOSTOOK

1 to 500

Reconstituted wood product manufacturing

 

 



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