Thornton Academy, an independent school in Saco, was recently awarded the highly prestigious President’s “E” Award — the first Maine organization to receive the honor in more than 32 years.
A founding member of MITC’s StudyMaine initiative, Thornton Academy received the award in recognition of its international student program, currently home to more than 150 international students from 20 countries.
Auburn Manufacturing, Inc.
As an industry leader in its field and a significant Maine manufacturer, Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI) has continued to thrive throughout 2014. The company’s overseas markets have grown in Asia, Australia, and Latin America. AMI’s high heat insulation fabrics are being used in welding projects across various industries: shipbuilding in South Korea, mining in Australia, and a range of industrial sectors, such as automotive and petroleum, in Mexico.
Ten years ago, John and Brendan Ready had to decide between paying rent for an apartment or leasing new warehouse space on the Portland waterfront. They chose to pay for warehouse space, both living and working there. Today, their business is a multi-million-dollar international lobster enterprise.
GAC Chemical Corporation
Already known as a worldwide leading bulk producer of high purity ammonium sulfate, a chemical used in the food, pharmaceutical, and water treatment industries, at this point international trade represents only 5% of GAC’s total sales.
“I’d like to see that international sales number double to 10% in the next year or so,” David Colter, President and CEO, commented. “And by 5 years out, the goal is 20%. That’s why we joined MITC.”
According to Hydro Americas President, Stephen Hides, our attitudes toward water need to change and are beginning to. He sees the international community waking up to the need to address water quality problems and looking to the U.S. for best practices.
“Today everyone is familiar with the concept of ‘environmental footprint’,” Hides said. “But we’re just starting to talk about the ‘water footprint’ of products and lifestyle choices.”