We need to rebuild an American industrial base

Kathie Leonard is president and CEO of Auburn Manufacturing, and a member of the board of  trustees for the Maine Community College System. We survived COVID-19 as an “essential” industrial textile manufacturer, but like many other essential manufacturers, we may not survive post-COVID if cant keep with the increased demand for our products… Read more »

As Economy Rebounds, Manufacturers Face New Hurdles

“We feed the companies whose products go into infrastructure,” said Ms. Leonard, describing the heat- and fire-resistant fabrics Auburn makes at two factories in central Maine, about a half-hour from Portland. “The infrastructure plan holds promise for companies like us.”…Read the full story… Read more »

Ever Green CHW Modular Insulation Kit

Our Ever Green CHW modular insulation kits can help stop the dripping and avoid damage from corrosion under insulation, thanks to its vapor-proof outer covering.  Watch how easy it is to cut, tape and install a tight-fitting cover in minutes.  And best of all, it can be removed and re-installed! Introduction to Ever Green Chilled… Read more »

Ever Green Episode #3 – Gate Valve Installation

Insulating gate valves have never been so quick & easy as when using Ever Green Cut’ n Wrap Insulation Kits, designed for energy professionals and contractors!  It’s quick and easy to use and saves on energy costs.. Here is a short 3 min video to show you how! Watch here Contact: Matt Delaney – 207.346.0378… Read more »

Showcasing Ever Green Insulation Kits

This first one stars Matt Delaney, AMI Sales Rep for our EVER-GREEN modular insulation kits designed for district energy systems. Because we can’t make many in-person calls right now, this is our way of showing energy professionals and contractors how quick and easy it is to save on energy costs while getting close to those… Read more »

8 Ways Coronavirus is Changing Construction

meaning American construction firms will shy away from Chinese-made blankets and come back to the good ol’ USA for economic AND safety reasons! 2) Modular products will become more popular — they save a lot of time on the jobsite — our EG kits can be cut & fitted onto piping components in just minutes!… Read more »

Domestic Supply Chains Are Not Rusty

Domestic supply chains are not rusty, after all!  We want to thank all the manufacturers here in Maine and throughout the US that banded together to form new supply chains to help America get healthy again!  Now we need to build on our success making PPE and continue bringing more manufacturing back to the U.S.… Read more »

AMI Featured in NIST Women In Manufacturing Tribute

Thanks to the very talented team at NIST for including some women from AMI in this awesome tribute to the Women in Manufacturing!  As co-founder of AMI, I loved helping industrial customers find the right product for their high-heat applications.  Forty years later, we’re still doing that with 50+ people, with women making up 25%… Read more »

New Year Greetings from the AMI Snowman

Hi Everyone! I’m Bobbi, the AMI Snowman, wishing you all the best in 2020!  I’m new to AMI, recently created by a talented member of our production team!   Did you notice my scarf is made of AMI-FLEX tape?  It takes the Heat and the Cold! Recently we were honored to be named a Hero of… Read more »

AMI Awarded 2019 Exporter of the Year

Auburn Manufacturing is 1 of 2,200 Maine companies that exported nearly $3 billion in goods and services to 168 countries. Each year the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) honors outstanding Maine companies that contribute to expanding the state’s economy through their global business connections and successes. This year’s award for Exporte… Read more »

Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Their Economic Impact

Trade wars and tariffs dominated much of the business news last year. US tacked fees on imports including Chinese steel, and countries retaliated with fees on products from the US, including Maine lobster. Recently our CEO Kathie Leonard was invited on the Maine Public radio program Maine Calling to sort out the winners from the… Read more »

How Our Small Manufacturing Business Took on an Anti-Dumping Case

Around four years ago, sizable contract losses were becoming apparent and extremely concerning at Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. I watched as approximately 30% of our business in silica fabric sales began to disappear. As President and CEO of AMI, I wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening. After a thorough investigation, we discovered… Read more »

AMI CEO Kathie Leonard Shares Economic and Business Insights

MaineBiz hosted our CEO Kathie Leonard and three other Maine business leaders at its recent Five on the Future event to share their views Maine’s economy. Jeffrey Fuhrer, Executive VP and Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, delivered the opening remarks and served as moderator to the panel discussion. Topics ranged from monetary… Read more »

Auburn Manufacturing’s Kathie Leonard to Speak on Maine Business Panel

Maine’s business newspaper is sponsoring a panel discussion on January 16, 2018 about the state’s future economy, and Auburn Manufacturing, Inc.  CEO Kathie Leonard is one of five featured panelists representing a cross-section of businesses throughout the state.   The event keynote speaker is Jeff Fuhrer, the Executive Vice President and Senior P… Read more »

Procter & Gamble Fire Protection Leaders Host Auburn Manufacturing

We sell our hot work safety fabrics all over the world, but it’s always great to visit with safety professionals in our own backyard! That’s why we were thrilled to be invited to present to the Fire Protection Leaders Group at P&G’s Tambrands facility right here in Auburn, Maine, last month. We talked fire safety… Read more »

Hot-Work Protections Save Lives

Structure fires that take lives are heartbreaking, especially when they are caused by something easily preventable. A new article in the recent issue of Safety + Health Magazine recalls the deadly 2014 fire in Boston that was started by welding sparks. Had the workers followed basic hot-work protections, firefighters Michael Kennedy and Edward Walsh wou… Read more »

Torch Fires During Hot Work are Costly!

There is no doubt that hot work can be dangerous. But for those involved day-to-day in soldering and welding, it can be easy to become complacent. A recently updated report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) highlights the dangers of torch fires in both dollars and lives lost. “Structure Fires Started by Hot Work”… Read more »

June is National Safety Month – Let Us Help Keep You Safe

“Keep Each Other Safe” – that’s the National Safety Council’s tag line for June, which is National Safety Month. At AMI, we’re doing our part by offering help on Hot Work Safety, which is highlighted in a story in this month’s NFPA Journal, Hot Work, Safe Work. In safety training sessions conducted by the National… Read more »