Defense Industry Maine

Defense Industry Maine

Defense Industry Maine (DIME) is an initiative of Maine International Trade Center established to help Maine companies diversify both within and outside of the defense industry.

The defense sector  provides an excellent opportunity to grow high wage/high value employment in Maine. Thousands of high paying jobs are at stake. All Maine companies can benefit from a robust defense industry.

Maine small- and mid-size companies in the defense supply chain include machining, advanced materials (composites, technical textiles and rope), construction/engineering, marine products, defense products/weapons, and telecommunications (particularly RF and microwave antenna and transmission products).

Defense supply chain employs over 19,000 Mainers

More than 150 Maine companies sell directly into the defense supply chain

US defense market is expected to experience steady growth in the next few years

Defense Industry Maine
DIME Focus

DIME will address three major challenges:

  1. Workforce
  2. Testing, Qualification, and Certification
  3. Opportunity Awareness

Through the following activities:

  • Champion expanded investment in workforce development programs
  • Use existing and create innovative grant programs to share the cost
  • Provide assistance in navigating through and entering into the DoD contractor procurement network
  • Provide defense-focused programs and tools to help Maine companies
  • Enhance connection and collaboration across Maine and throughout New England

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