Southern Maine exports on the rise

A spike in aircraft turbines and semiconductor manufacturing helped the Portland metro area grow its exports by more than 8 percent in 2015, making it the fastest-growing billion-dollar-plus exporting region in New England, according to newly released federal data.

Goods exported from the metro area, which includes Cumberland, York and Sagadahoc counties, totaled $1.1 billion in 2015, an increase of $88 million over 2014, according to a report this month from the International Trade Administration. This is the second year the metro area has increased its exports.

In contrast, Maine exports remained relatively flat last year, growing just 1 percent.

“I am very encouraged to see the significant role that exports are starting to play in our metro areas,” said Janine Bisaillon-Cary, president of the Maine International Trade Center. “We’ll take the export growth anywhere we can get it, but we hope to see it spread throughout the state, and in our smaller and medium-sized companies.”

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