Manufacturing Business STARC Systems, Inc. Grows Out of TechPlace

STARC Systems, Inc. one of the first businesses to locate at TechPlace on its opening in 2015, has successfully grown to need more space than TechPlace can provide. STARC Systems has moved their manufacturing operations into a 16,000 SF building of their own, located at 168 Orion Street; just a short distance from TechPlace. Bruce Bickford, Chief Operating Officer of STARC, said…

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Composites Lay-Up Facility, New Paint Booth Coming to TechPlace

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), TechPlace’s parent company, was awarded $495,165 from the Maine Technology Institute to develop a shared composite lay-up facility and paint booth. With the design and formal bidding process now completed, work has begun and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017. TechPlace’s composite lay-up facility…

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MTI Awards Funding to TechPlace Members

The Maine Technology Institute awarded funds to two TechPlace Members recently. Field Phyto-Nutrients LLC received $203,062, which was matched by $222,074. The funding will help the company confirm the feasibility of a planned commercial scale plant to grow micro algae that can be used to make an omega-3 fatty acid under the brand PhytoCortX Liquid…

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STARC Systems Among Finalists for $50,000 LaunchPad Grant

Gorham Savings Bank Announces Finalists for $50,000 LaunchPad Grant A Big Impact on Small Business GORHAM, Maine, May 18, 2017 — Gorham Savings Bank, a leading Southern Maine financial services institution, has selected five early-stage Maine businesses as the finalists of its annual LaunchPad small business competition. From an applicant pool of over 130 businesses,…

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Additional Manufacturing Space Now Available at TechPlace

MRRA builds new maker and industrial space to meet demand We recently completed renovations on the Hangar 4 East industrial project, which adds nearly 20,000 SF of manufacturing space to TechPlace. Innovators now have access to five more industrial spaces in former Navy Building 250. The work spaces range from about 1,500 SF to nearly…

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Baxter Academy Students Enjoy TechPlace Visit During Maine Manufacturing Day

We hosted 30 students and faculty from Baxter Academy in Portland today at TechPlace as part of Maine Manufacturing Day. Students learned about lean manufacturing from Steve Westra of the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership. They took a short tour of TechPlace, which included a parts production demo by StudioV.

Photos: Rep. Chellie Pingree Visits TechPlace, Village Green Ventures

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree stopped by Brunswick Landing on Monday for a tour of TechPlace and the new renewable energy biogas plant. She was able to meet with several of our businesses, including STARC Systems, Studio V, Village Green Ventures, and Grifin LLC. We’re always pleased when members of the delegation stop by for an update…

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Sen. Angus King Tours TechPlace, Meets Businesses

Senator Angus King of Brunswick stopped by on Friday, Feb. 5th for a short tour of TechPlace. MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque and TechPlace Administrator Kristine Schuman led the tour, which included several reporters. During the visit, Sen. King had a chance to meet several TechPlace companies and talk with their proprietors, including STARC Systems,…

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Shared Lab, TechShop Shared Manufacturing Space Nearing Completion

TechShop, the shared manufacturing area, and the shared bio production lab are nearly complete. Machinery has been moved into the newly renovated machine shop, known as “TechShop”. Work continues on the bio lab. All together, three labs are under construction in biotech section of TechPlace. Companies based at TechPlace will have access to both the…

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