Students Yildirim, Chasse Featured in Portland Press Herald Article

“Maine’s abundant natural resources have supported various manufacturing industries over the years, most notably the paper industry. But the paper industry doesn’t have the economic impact it once did and people have been talking about other industries that would create jobs in communities like Millinocket, East Millinocket, Bucksport and Lincoln, all of which have lost their mills or suffered layoffs.

Could bio-based insulating foam board be Maine’s next major forest products industry?  Nadir Yildirim and Alex Chasse believe it can be.

Yildirim, a Ph.D. student at the University of Maine, and Chasse, a 2013 UMaine graduate in civil engineering who currently works as a researcher at the university’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, won the UMaine Business Challenge over the weekend with their pitch for a business that would produce forest-based, environmentally friendly materials for the construction, insulation and food-packaging industries. They’ve called their business Revolution Research Inc.”

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