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UM blast-resistant wood impresses Army

ORONO – Maine’s federal legislative leaders are convinced that new technology unveiled Tuesday at the University of Maine not only will protect our troops overseas, but also will lead to jobs in Maine. Nearly 100 UM faculty, students, community members and legislative leaders gathered at UM’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center for the unveiling of […]

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Navy seal patrol boat gets makeover

George Chappell Bangor Daily News BOOTHBAY – Navy SEALs are tough guys by nature but they take a beating from their patrol boats: bruises, bumps and sore backs, even sprained ankles and chipped teeth. An all-composite version of the aluminum Mark V patrol boat constructed by luxury boatbuilder Hodgdon Yachts is aimed at reducing the wear […]

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UMaine composite center wins two industry awards

ORONO – Two of the most prestigious awards in the wood products industry were presented Thursday to the University of Maine Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center during a conference in Florida. “It’s really exciting for the university and for the state as a whole,” AEWC director Habib Dagher said Friday. “In our industry, this is […]

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Last Impression

In February, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud were at the University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center for a demonstration of a new product designed to protect American soldiers in combat. The Modular Ballistic Protection System panels developed at UMaine fit inside tents, protecting troops from mortar fragments and other […]

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UMaine ships lifesaving tent panels overseas

ORONO – A shipment of panels designed by researchers at the University of Maine to protect soldiers from explosions was on its way Thursday to a Maine National Guard unit in Afghanistan. To mark the milestone, Army officials, federal and local legislators and representatives from the university gathered at UM’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center […]

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Orono: UMaine Addition Certified ‘Green’

ORONO – The people who brought you Go Blue are trying to Go Green, too. University of Maine officials and others dedicated a plaque late last week that touts a $1.6 million addition to the university’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center as a certified “green” addition. Designed by WBRC Architects-Engineers, the 6,800-square-foot addition is the […]

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Your dividends have arrived

Just when you may have thought the economy, as expressed through the stock market, would never again make sense, your investing skill and patience have paid off handsomely. Congratulations. In 1996, all of us as a state invested $1 million in a startup company that had no staff, no building and no capital. That money […]

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UM Wood Center Gets $2M U.S. Grant: Design of Corrosion-Resistant Materials Sought

By Ruth-Ellen Cohen, Bangor Daily News ORONO – The University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center has received $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to design and develop corrosion-resistant materials for waterfront construction projects.     The materials currently used in waterfront projects all have drawbacks, professor Habib Dagher,  AEWC’s director, said Monday. […]

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Maine’s Vision to Expand the Boatbuilding, Composites and Marine Industries

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Press Release   ORONO, Maine– Maine’s boatbuilding, composites and marine industries received a financial boost from the federal government, Governor Baldacci announced today as he outlined the positive economic impact the $15 million federal Workforce Innovation Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant would have on the state.   “Maine’s […]

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