Maine Job Creators Honored with Governor’s Award for Business Excellence

May 3, 2013

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage presented today seven Maine companies with the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence at a State House ceremony. The Governor’s Award for Business Excellence has become an emblem of distinction within the business community that recognizes business leaders for their commitment to their communities and contribution to Maine’s economy.

“It’s a true honor to have the opportunity every year to recognize Maine businesses that not only compete nationally and internationally, but that also help Maine keep its reputation for top-quality workmanship and innovation,” said Governor LePage. “As a businessman myself, I understand and respect the opportunities and challenges every business faces. It’s my job as Governor to make state government work more efficiently so all businesses can focus their time and resources on creating good-paying jobs and quality products.”

The 23rd annual awards were administered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and sponsored by FairPoint Communications. More than 120 businesses have received the award since its inception in 1991.

“Thanks to this year’s recipients, hundreds of Maine families have financial security in a state that offers a great quality of life,” said DECD Commissioner George Gervais. “Their impact on the Maine economy is recognized and appreciated.”

The seven recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence are:

• Falcon Performance Footwear, Auburn – Established in 1963, Falcon began as a manufacturer of children’s shoes, and then moved to industrial footwear in the 1980s. Today, Falcon’s 55 employees manufacture 12 styles of fire boots for its partner, Globe Firefighter Suits of Pittsfield, N.H., and four styles of industrial/mining boots.

• FHC, Inc., Bowdoin – FHC has served the neuroscience community for more than 40 years in its mission to advance cranial micro-targeting worldwide. The FHC facility, which employs more than 100 people, is in a 21,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at the former Bowdoin Central School.

• Howie’s Welding & Fabrication, Inc., Jay – Howie's Welding & Fabrication, Inc. was established in 1983 and has shown continued growth, working in all types of structural steel fabrication. In addition to welding, the 10-employee company runs a paint shop and retail store. Howie’s is also experienced in aluminum, stainless steel and brass welding.

• Lapointe Lumber Company, Gardiner – Lapointe Lumber Company was started in 1947 with little more than a saw mill and wood lot on N. Belfast Avenue in Augusta. Today, Lapointe Lumber employs approximately 30 people and remains a family owned and operated lumber and building material retailer serving the professional contractor, builder, remodeler and retail public of Central Maine.

• Lonza Rockland, Inc., Rockland – Originally established in Rockland as Marine Colloids in the 1960s, today Lonza develops and manufactures products used in life sciences, including basic cellular and molecular biology research, drug discovery and forensics. The Lonza Rockland facility employees 59 people in a mix of engineering, manufacturing, quality and professional roles.

• Norway Savings Bank, South Paris – Norway Savings Bank was founded more than 145 years ago with a commitment to personal values, community values and financial values that have never faltered. Over the years, Norway Savings Bank has grown to serve a wide area throughout western and southern Maine and currently employs more than 250 full-time people.

• TD Bank, Portland – TD Bank is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. with deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. Its Maine presence now includes 54 stores, nearly 3,100 employees and several major office buildings.

“We are proud to recognize businesses and businesspeople that are positively impacting our region by contributing to the economic prosperity of the community and making it a better place to live,” said Governor LePage.