Maine Grains

Local Manufacturing Boosts Downtown Revitalization

Amber Lambke never imagined that she would be a key visionary leader behind a small town’s economic revitalization, and eventually the CEO and President of a large manufacturing facility. As a Skowhegan resident, Amber found herself actively volunteering with downtown revitalization projects. In 2007 she developed and hosted the first annual Kneading Conference which brought together farmers, millers, bakers, and other artisans of the like. The conference established a conversation around revitalizing a grain economy in Maine. When trying to source local ingredients, they all agreed that grains were difficult to find, and local milling infrastructure had long been abandoned.

Amber Lambke, CEO and President of Maine Grains (photo by Lily Piel)

Central Maine’s rich history of growing grain demonstrated the potential for a milling operation that had been untapped for over a century. Amber spent years traveling and learning about the grain industry and realized that organic grain production at a regional scale was different from anything that was happening. Niche mills that were set up on farms had fragile infrastructure, and models of Midwestern operations were of mass scale; there was nothing in-between.

Amber stepped in once again, spurred on by a passion for her community. In 2012, she identified a highly visible old Victorian jailhouse in historic downtown Skowhegan in which to establish Maine Grains. The tall structure had the height necessary for gravity-feed milling, and already had a fully-functional commercial kitchen.

Business counseling at the onset was made possible through the SBDC and CEI. Amber worked closely with Janet Roderick, CEI Business Advisor, with early stage business planning, developing a narrative, crunching numbers, and identifying and writing grants. More recently, a seed equity investment from CEI allowed Maine Grains to expand local operations by purchasing new equipment from Germany which dehulls and processes rolled oats. The new machines help with efficiency and output, as rolled oats comprise 40% of the company’s production.

With the investments Maine Grains received, including CEI’s seed equity investment, 11 new jobs have been created. Positions including six milling staff, a bookkeeper, salespeople, a customer service representative, and an operations manager are in the lot.  All jobs are filled by local residents and with milling expertise such a rare commodity, Maine Grains integrates on-the-job-training for all milling jobs.

“Having a growing startup business in need of more personnel support has allowed us to identify key people in the community,” said Amber.

Maine Grains facility in downtown Skowhegan (photo by Julie Persons)

The renovated facility is MOFGA organic-certified, and functions as a zero-waste operation. Maine Grains processes grains naturally, using no water, and ultimately creating products and byproducts that are a valuable local resource. The grains milled at the facility are sold widely among purveyors in brewing and natural food industries, offering a nutritious, flavorful, and locally milled product. Byproducts are sold back to farmers to be used as mulch, composting, and food for animals.

After four years of operations, the company currently works with 36 farmers, a number which has doubled every year, and sources 90% of its grains from farms in Maine, with preference given to non-GMO, organic grains. Maine Grains also partners with the UMaine Cooperative Extension to facilitate grain education among farmers.

Maine Grains, located in downtown Skowhegan, is now home to other businesses and is a prime example of the town’s growth and community revitalization efforts. The large parking lot hosts a local farmers market, and commercial space in the mill is rented to tenants including a local foods café, a yarn shop, and a radio station. The past decade has been a catalytic phase of revitalization for Skowhegan, seeing the talent, energy, and passion of the local community emerge as a transformative force.

Tilson Technology Management

Based in Portland, Creating Jobs Throughout the U.S.

Tilson Technology Management, a Portland, Maine-based network deployment and IT professional services firm, was recently named by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Maine and New England’s Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year. Led by CEO Josh Broder, a veteran of the U.S. Army, Tilson took on major regional projects early on, including Maine Fiber Company’s Three Ring Binder and Central Maine Power’s grid modernization effort, which gave them credibility in the highly competitive national market. Starting with just three people in 2007, the company now has 230 employees in eight locations, and is currently seeking to fill 50 open positions.

Tilson Technology

Tilson was nominated for the SBA award by CEI Ventures, Inc. (CVI), which provided equity investments in Tilson in 2013 and 2015, and Rand Capital SBIC, Inc. which joined CVI as an investor in Tilson in 2015 and 2016.

“We are impressed by Tilson for many reasons,” says Nat Henshaw, Managing Director of CVI. “The company is providing good jobs in rural, distressed communities, and has a high safety record. In addition, Josh is an incredibly strong manager, who has led the company through a period of significant growth and impact.”

“While access to capital is critical to small business growth, it is truly a world class CEO that will guide a business to success,” said Daniel Penberthy, Executive VP and CFO, Rand Capital SBIC Inc. “Without question, Josh Broder has done an exceptional job at carrying over the leadership and management skills from his military training and experience, including labor management, operations, logistical organizational and staff development to manage and grow a private sector business and labor force which now reaches across the United States.”

Josh Broder acknowledges the impact that his military experience has had on running a business. “The military is all about teamwork and being in service to something bigger than yourself,” he said. “At Tilson, we have been able to build a team of very high performing people who are in service to each other. While the people who work at Tilson are given a lot of autonomy and latitude to create and come up with solutions, they work in a highly collaborative environment. That said, like many others in the tech industry, finding the right people is always the most challenging part of our business.”

Tilson Technology

Of being a Maine-based company, Josh said, “It was a great place to anchor our first venture round, and the local investment community is super engaged.” From the onset, investments were key for Tilson.

“CVI was Tilson’s first outside investor, and introduced us to many of our current investor team. CVI’s incredible reputation brought credibility to our A, B and C rounds of venture funding. Since their investment we have not only grown our services business by several orders of magnitude, but also rolled out our first software product, and moved into telecom infrastructure ownership. CVI invested in our potential.”

-Joshua Broder, CEO, Tilson Technology Management

From 2010-2013, Josh led several large, successful Recovery Act-funded technology infrastructure projects in New England for Tilson that included 2,300 new miles of fiber optic cable and 7,000 smart grid wireless nodes. Josh cut his teeth in leadership and technology as an Army Signal Officer on missions in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan running the tactical communications network in support of US and coalition forces. Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, is a distinguished military graduate of the University of Vermont’s Military studies program and is a member of Leadership Maine’s Omicron class. Josh is also a graduate of AT&T’s Operation Hand Salute at JFK University.

In 2017, Tilson anticipates significant national growth, at the same time the company deepens its roots in Maine with the construction of its new headquarters in Portland.

Josh is honored to be recognized by the SBA as Maine and New England’s Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year, and to see his team’s effort being recognized. “I’m blessed to be able to come to work with people who love what they do and who support each other, and I love that others are noticing and giving them the recognition they deserve for the incredible work they are doing.” Josh was also recently named ‘Top Young Professional’ in New England by Engineering News-Record.

About Tilson
Tilson is an information technology professional services and network construction company working in the following practice areas:

  • Wireless site acquisition, construction, and maintenance for cellular, smart grid, and government
  • Fiber optic engineering, permitting, and construction management
  • Information systems for the construction industry
  • Software development and systems integration
  • Consulting in IT strategy, IT team leadership, project management, information security, broadband development, and energy capital project development

Find out more at www.tilson.com.

Maine Music & Health

Award-Winning Music Therapy Business with Big Dreams

Kate Beever with young client

Maine Music & Health, LLC, in Saco, seeks to expand the visibility and acceptance of music therapy to help individuals improve physical and mental health. When visionary founder Kate Beever started her practice, she quickly learned that outreach and educational efforts were needed to help people understand the field. What motivated her? “Clients! And Music! It’s pretty simple,” she said.

Kate’s efforts are increasing awareness of music therapy among healthcare professionals and at the State House. In addition to overseeing her own music therapy practice, she is the leading advocate for MaineCare coverage of music therapy, and produces the annual Creative Health Conference, a day-long arts therapies seminar in Portland. In recognition of Kate’s commitment and impact, Maine Music & Health was recently named the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Maine Micro-Enterprise of the Year.

Music therapy does not follow a prescribed formula. Clients drive the work to create an individualized approach based on their needs.

Kate Beever, Maine Music & Health

“When someone who has been depressed and nonverbal for ages suddenly realizes that they are making music, the result can be incredible. That client will slowly smile, start singing along and then laugh with joy. It looks like magic, but it’s not. It’s music and neuroscience.”

-Kate Beever, Owner, Maine Music & Health

Kate will often re-tune guitars so that there is no ‘wrong note’ when clients are playing along with her. “The positive outcomes speak for themselves, and once people see music therapy in action they understand it.”

Now that Kate has established a solid client base, in home settings with individuals, to group sessions at hospitals, she is giving more attention to advocating for state recognition of music therapy. She has seen firsthand the barriers that low-income clients face in accessing music therapy.

“I get a lot of requests from families looking for music therapy services who can only access healthcare through MaineCare,” she said. “I believe all families should have choice and access to the care that they need, and that includes integration of all the therapies.”

Support is growing among senators, therapists, and clients for a bill that would require MaineCare coverage for music therapy.

Kate Beever, Maine Music & Health

Kate worked closely with Sarah Guerette, Director of the Women’s Business Center at CEI, as her business was growing. Last fall, Maine Music & Health moved into a clinic space in Saco. Kate anticipates hiring another music therapist to work in the clinic while she focuses on oncology and clients with developmental disabilities.

“I am so grateful to Sarah Guerette and the team at CEI for pushing me to grow my business in the direction that works for me,” said Kate. “Sarah taught me so much about accounting and goal planning.”

“I’ve finally started to feel a sense of balance and continuity in my business. That allows me to focus my energy on helping my clients meet their goals, and to enjoy the musical process! I’m honored to be named as the SBA’s Micro-Enterprise of the year!”

-Kate Beever, owner of Maine Music & Health

Central Maine Meats

Adding Processing Capacity to Rural Regions

Joel Davis and Bill Lovely established Central Maine Meats with a vision to respond to the needs of Maine’s farmers by offering streamlined, in-state processing. The new enterprise in Gardiner is creating jobs, hiring a diverse workforce, expanding the region’s processing capacity, serving the local farming community, and providing USDA certified and Halal certified production.

Beginning with just four employees, Central Maine Meats quickly recognized gaps in their projected workforce needs. They saw an opportunity to create quality jobs in Kennebec County in an industry that was relatively untapped. Together with CEI’s Workforce Solutions Director Paul Scalzone and a cohort of industry collaborators, Davis and his team developed education and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees seeking employment at the company. For some of the immigrants and refugees, working at Central Maine Meats is the first stateside job they have had.

“These guys share about how they’ve survived camps,” Joel said. “One of our employees came from Eritrea, a country with the worst human rights record in all of Africa. They were promised safety in the U.S., and they are grateful to just be here.”

While language barriers are considerable, Central Maine Meats worked with CEI to secure funding to offer free ESL (English as a Second Language) courses hosted on-site for any employee who wants to show up, as well as any local residents interested in learning English. Joel remarked, “There is a lot of communication in our daily work. Our employees are great workers and are constantly learning from each other. They are attending the classes and seem to like the work.” Today, Central Maine Meats’ diverse staff of 29 people includes women, veterans, immigrants and refugees.

Prior to the company’s presence in Gardiner, Maine, local livestock farmers had few USDA slaughterhouse options. For years, the most affordable processing available in the northeast was in Pennsylvania where animals were trucked to be slaughtered and packaged, then shipped back to Maine to be sold locally. By cutting down long distance trucking and stress on the animals, ultimately affecting the quality of the meat, costs are substantially less for Maine farmers when the slaughter process is located in-state. Central Maine Meats offers just that: Pennsylvania slaughterhouse pricing to Maine farmers. In a market where livestock supply is currently at processing capacity, the company’s expansion also allows for Maine farmers to increase livestock for the years to come. “While they are a small scale operation, they have big processing impact in Maine,” said Paul Scalzone, Director of CEI’s Workforce Solutions Sector.

CEI was Central Maine Meats’ first financer for working capital and equipment funding. “We provided connections and financing, and they dove in!” said CEI’s Paul Scalzone. The financing from CEI and other partners allowed Central Maine Meats to expand and build a new energy-efficient USDA Certified processing facility, which was recently Halal-certified. The company specifically purchased Maine-sourced materials for the new facility and hired local labor to do the construction work, keeping with their mission to localize their work.

“We are really very pleased to have been a partner with CEI in all shapes and facets. In two years we have been able to respond to market demand with an array of opportunities. CEI has helped in a multi-faceted way ranging from bookkeeping and account management, to workforce development, policy, and procedure. This support has been invaluable.”

– Joel Davis, Co-Owner, Central Maine Meats

Ocean Renewable Power Company

Powering-Up Remote Communities

Kvichak River, Igiugig, Alaska

Bringing power to rural, off-grid locations presents formidable challenges. There’s a reason these communities can still lack reliable and affordable power nearly 150 years after the first electric power grid was created. Since 2004, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has addressed this challenge with a series of increasingly innovative marine hydrokinetic turbines. ORPC successfully harnessed the powerful tides at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, generated power from the remote Kvichak River for the community of Igiugig in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, and is now scaling up to commercialization through a series of marine hydrokinetic tidal and river projects in northern Quebec’s Nunavik region.

For over ten years, ORPC has stayed true to its founding principles: partner with local communities and develop power systems that do not harm the marine environment.

Local contractors and ORPC team members in Igiugig, Alaska.

“By soliciting ideas from local communities, we build trust and our projects are inherently more likely to succeed. It can be a long and sometimes circuitous process, but in the end local partnerships pay huge dividends.”

–Chris Sauer, Co-Founder and CEO of ORPC

Part of the commitment to rural coastal communities is ensuring that fish and other marine life, which provide sustenance and economic activity, are not harmed. For example, Alaska’s Igiugig region produces the world’s largest supply of sockeye salmon. “We’ve had to prove, again and again, that our technologies don’t harm fish,” said Chris. “We’ve now got years of data demonstrating they do not negatively impact fish populations. That’s key for any community where we’re going to locate a project.”

ORPC has been through eleven deployments and five generations of its proprietary technology. “We had to work through a lot of reliability issues,” said Chris. “We have access to super computers through Penn State Applied Research Lab which has allowed us to develop critical analytical tools and 3D models.”

Power system on station in Kvichak River, Igiugig, Alaska.

Financing is another critical element of ORPC’s success. “We’ve gone to CEI twice now for financing and both times secured financing that was absolutely crucial to our survival,” noted Chris. The most recent round is a $750k working capital loan to sustain the company through the final stages of commercializing its marine hydrokinetic power systems and the initial project in northern Quebec.

“This financing addressed a need that was critical and immediate. Without it, I can honestly say we probably wouldn’t be here.”

–Chris Sauer, Co-Founder and CEO of ORPC

 

Goranson Farm

Innovation & Efficiency: A Family-Owned Farm becomes Energy Independent

Jan Goranson and Rob Johanson in front of the solar trackers which were installed in 2016.

Goranson Farm, a certified organic farm in Dresden, Maine, has been in the Goranson family for three generations. Jan Goranson and her husband Rob Johanson began operating the farm in 1986 and purchased it from Jan’s mother in 2000. In the past decade, Jan and Rob have diversified revenue streams by widening product offerings, marketing products directly to consumers, and building community and market share. Today, the farm boasts 275 summer CSA members and 130 winter members, and products ranging from farm raised meats, specialty potatoes, maple syrup and everything in between.

In keeping with their innovative approach, Jan and Rob looked to increase operating efficiencies through reduction of energy costs.

“It’s all about making the farm survive from one generation to the next.”

–Rob Johanson, co-owner, Goranson Farm

Solar arrays at Goranson Farm

Through the combination of a REAP grant and financing from CEI, Goranson Farm installed a solar array of four Allearth ground-mounted solar trackers that will offset nearly 90% of the farm’s considerable electric bill. Once CEI’s loan is paid off, what was once a significant operating expense for the farm will become revenue stream.  In the meantime, the loan payments are comparable to prior electric bills.

“This is the best farmland in the state,” said Rob. “It’s fertile floodplain and productive for farming. This solar array gets us one step closer to ensuring long term sustainability and viability.”

 

The following video was shot and edited by Sam Marjerison, a sophomore at Yarmouth High School, who owns and operates the student-run media company Dirigo Media.

Winterstick Snowboards

Carving Out Jobs in Carrabassett Valley

President Tom Fremont-Smith with a Winterstick Swallowtail Board.

Winterstick Snowboards, a hand-crafted snowboard maker located in Carrabassett Valley, is creating new jobs at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. With the support of CEI’s Workforce Solutions and Lending teams, Winterstick is dedicated to building a manufacturing business in an economically depressed region of the state.

President Tom Fremont-Smith, Owner and Product Designer Seth Wescott, and the Winterstick Snowboards team hand-crafts each snowboard in a new production facility financed in part by CEI.  Manufacturing research and development also takes place at the facility, and new boards are tested right outside on the mountain.

Established in 1972 in Salt Lake City, Winterstick was one of the first backcountry snowboard manufacturing companies on the snowboarding scene. The Winterstick brand legacy continues to stand out among backcountry snowboard enthusiasts, outliving many of its industry competitors over the past four decades.

With a population of just under 30,000 (2015 Census), and a per capita income at the national poverty level, Franklin County is in dire need of quality jobs. According to the Maine Department of Labor, Franklin County has only seen private employment growth for one quarter since 2013. Every year-round job in this part of the state is valuable. More jobs are anticipated to be created over the next year, as Winterstick establishes its home in the mountains of Maine.

 

Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Establishing Roots in Southern Maine

Jeff, Abby, Ben, and Melissa

Friends Jeff and Abigail Fisher, Ben Whalen and Melissa Law began farming on just two acres of leased land in Buxton, Maine, in 2014. As they gained experience, their dreams grew, and they set out to find a piece of land of their own. “For new farmers, finding land that is affordable with the necessary infrastructure to run a business is challenging. You really have to make do with what you have and make it work,” said Jeff.

Flowers from Bumbleroot Organic Farm

When 88 acres of farmland came on the market at the former Weeks Farm in Windham, the friends jumped at the opportunity, and Bumbleroot Organic Farm was born. When time and money was tight, CEI stepped in to support Bumbleroot Organic Farm through financing and technical assistance.

“CEI was one of the first lenders we contacted and from day one everyone at CEI was supportive of our proposal and helped us to articulate our business plan and vision for the property. As a multi-member LLC made up of two couples, having just finished our first farm season, we might have seemed like less than ideal candidates for a loan. But CEI recognized what we had accomplished in our first year and believed in our potential to deliver on our plans for the future.”–Jeff Fisher, Co-Owner Bumbleroot Organic Farm

at the local farmers market

In order to secure purchase of The Weeks Farm, a business plan involving a Maine Farmland Trust Land Easement which significantly offset costs and protected the farmland, plus technical assistance and a loan from CEI was set in motion.

Establishing roots at the new location in Windham has helped the farmers not only grow their production, but also their clientele. With daily reach into the Greater Portland area, Bumbleroot is already expanding their CSA offerings and membership.

Bumbleroot Organic Farm is a rising leader in the southern Maine community because of its commitment to increasing access to locally-grown farm-fresh food which is distributed to low-income and disadvantaged Mainers through programs including Creative Trails in Portland and My Place Teen Center in Westbrook, as well as accepting SNAP benefits.

Bumbleroot Organic Farm CSA basket

So what’s next for Bumbleroot? Growing from two acres to 88 acres of land will allow the farmers to add livestock, perennial crops, cover crops, and winter greenhouses. “With CEI’s help we will be able to continue to connect people with the land and food that sustains them,” Jeff concluded.

Bumbleroot’s 2017 CSA shares are on sale now!

Fork Food Lab

"Connection" is the Key Ingredient

Inside Fork Food Lab, Portland’s first food incubator, the members representing 27 specialty food companies who rent out the shared kitchen space are building more than food products; they are building businesses and connections. Whether placing orders together to bring down costs, sharing information about experiences with a packaging consultant, or giving tips on increasing production volume, each individual enterprise is part of a larger collective effort.

“We wanted to start Fork to create an environment where lots of food entrepreneurs can work around each other to collaborate, learn, and have fun. At the end of the day, humans want to connect. We do better mentally and business-wise when we’re around other people.” — Fork Food Lab Co-Founder Neil Spillane

Building that human connection was at the core of Fork Food Lab’s philosophy from the beginning.

In order to make the dream a reality, Neil Spillane and Eric Holstein, co-founders, needed to first demonstrate the potential for a food incubator in Portland, and ultimately find the funding necessary. With overwhelming community support and networking prowess, Neil and Eric tapped into every resource they knew. “There wasn’t one person on the radar that I didn’t approach,” said Neil.

They realized early on that assembling a funding package would be the greatest challenge, as Fork fell into a rare area of the investment and financing spectrum. The co-founders worked with CEI loan officer Art Stevens to determine the best possible financing options for Fork Food Lab. Among the various funding sources, they identified an SBA loan, coupled with a gap loan from CEI for equipment financing.

“Art Stevens distinctly had the success of our business as a top priority. CEI was the first one in as a professional financier,” said Neil.

CEI’s Agriculture and Food Sector specialists immediately recognized that Fork presents a unique opportunity for small food producers, many of whom are creating recipes and products out of local ingredients in their home kitchens. “We are so excited about Fork because it offers a proven model for these makers to grow and begin to scale production without taking on a costly facility of their own,” said Daniel Wallace of CEI. “Essentially, Fork provides a safe ‘middle ground’ for these companies, backed up by a host of services and connections to new markets.”

In addition to the gap loan and technical assistance, Fork Food Lab has worked with the Women’s Business Center at CEI who currently has six clients working at the food incubator, the Workforce Development team, and the Start Smart program connecting immigrant-owned startups and businesses to the food incubator. At the Taste the World public event held in November, Fork Food Lab welcomed CEI clients Ameera Bread, Asmara Restaurant, and Babylon Restaurant to showcase ethnic foods, teach about other cultures, and offer a space for food entrepreneurs and the Portland community to connect over a shared love of food. “We hope to continue this type of collaboration with Fork and other community organizations with the ultimate goal of supporting early stage immigrant owned food businesses,” added John Scribner, Director of CEI’s StartSmart program. This is just one of a robust lineup of events promoting the talents and products of the Fork member community and connecting them with businesses and individuals outside the walls of the incubator.

Fork Food Lab has gained a tremendous amount of excitement and momentum, and has quickly become one of Portland’s premier venues of workspace, event space, entrepreneurship, resources, knowledge-sharing, opportunity, and connection.

“We’re convinced that Fork will catalyze significant growth for the small food producers entering Maine’s local food economy,” said Daniel Wallace. “Plus, the principals (Neil and Eric) are awesome and deeply engaged in the local community.”

 

In June, 2017, Fork Food Lab announced a merger with Brooklyn-based Foodworks, a shared kitchen with a similar goal of helping food startups grow. “We are very excited to partner with a company that shares in our vision for a more robust local food system where entrepreneurs with creative recipes can strategically grow,” said Spillane, who will stay on as General Manager of Fork Food Lab. “This merger will allow Fork Food Lab companies to expand distribution into the large New York market and leverage supplier discounts that are available to current Foodworks producers.”

Dove Tail Bats, LLC

Big League Manufacturing in Maine

In the small town of Shirley Mills, in Piscataquis County, a manufacturing business reaches far beyond its rural Maine roots. Dove Tail Bats, LLC, owned by husband and wife Paul and Teresa Lancisi, specializes in manufacturing custom wood baseball bats made from Maine-grown northern white ash, yellow birch, and rock maple at both the retail and wholesale level, providing bats to amateurs and professionals alike throughout the US, Latin America, Canada, Japan as well as Australia.

Paul Lancisi, Owner of Dove Tail Bats

After being turned down by other lenders, Paul and Teresa Lancisi came to CEI with a need for working capital. Their business had been in operation for 11 years, but in order to grow the business while maintaining their high quality custom-made bats, they needed financing.  “The inability to acquire financial backing in a capital-intensive business is a major hurdle to overcome,” said CEI Loan Officer, Cole Palmer. “Paul and Teresa have carefully considered every business decision. In one word, they are resourceful.”

“CEI was willing to go to bat for us when other institutions were not.  This loan enabled us to have the working capital necessary to grow our business by acquiring faster, high tech equipment and at the same time increasing our buying power to drastically lower our material costs.” –Paul Lancisi, Owner

While the majority of their competitors have grown too large to focus on the importance of personalized service both at the professional level and the amateur level of baseball, Dove Tail Bats views themselves as a niche player where quality, value, and a strong focus on customer service wins them new customers over time.

CEI’s loan helped the Lancisi’s purchase a CAD (computer aided design) system which replaced the physical template process, creating the ability to expand template options, improve production, and free some much-needed space in their warehouse. The loan also supported various renovations to their warehouse space, and provided working capital to invest in labor, inventory, and accounts receivable as the business continues to grow.

In the 2015 World Series, 70% of the runs scored were with Dove Tail Bats. Theresa and Paul Lancisi, owners, stand in front of the Dove Tail Bat which is on display in the Hall of Fame.

“CEI worked hard to promote our best interests in the loan application process.  They were extremely professional and caring about our business and I would highly recommend them to other Maine businesses.”

–Theresa Lancisi, Owner

As one of just a handful of bat manufacturing companies under contract with Major and Minor League Baseball, and the only company of its kind in Maine, Dove Tail Bats is growing rapidly. In 2016, the business doubled its production to keep up with production demand. The addition of a split billet mill enables the purchase and use of locally grown wood. New customers include MLB players Eric Hoser, Alex Gordon, and Mike Moustakas from the Kansas City Royals, Bryce Harper from the Nationals, and Yoan Moncada of the White Sox. Dove Tail Bats continues to provide the highest quality bats to its dedicated following among players who put their faith in the strength of Maine-grown trees.