What it Means to Buy American

The United States government has implemented policies to support US manufacturers, including something called the Berry Amendment. While this amendment of the Buy American Act requires the Department of Defense to buy certain goods from US manufacturers, there is a major loophole: if the DoD outsources work to defense contractors, they don’t have to c… Read more »

Congressman Bruce Poliquin Visits AMI

Auburn Manufacturing welcomed Congressman Bruce Poliquin to our advanced textiles factory during the spring Congressional break to meet our team and watch them produce amorphous silica fabrics. He was joined by representatives of Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which arranged the visit as part of a tour of Maine’s manufacturing facilities.… Read more »

“Feeling the Heat” – Literally & Figuratively

Reproduced with permission from Daily Report for Executives, 31 DER (Feb. 16, 2017). Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) — http://www.bna.com Reproduced with permission from International Trade Reporter, 34 ITR 155 (Jan. 26, 2017). Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)  — h… Read more »

Stay Safe When Performing Hot Work

We’re always glad to see an article on hot work safety! This one in Safety+Health Magazine has some good tips, including one of our favorites: “confine the heat, sparks and slag, and protect immovable fire hazards.” That’s what we do at AMI – we make all sort of textiles used as guards and barriers around… Read more »

Don’t Want To Scare You, But…

We don’t want to scare you, but…this NFPA report reinforces the importance of hot work safety. CASE IN POINT:  The largest fire of 2014 (a loss of more that $100 Million) was started by a welder’s torch, resulting in the partial collapse of a warehouse floor.  And, 3 of the 16 largest fires (over $20M) were ignited… Read more »

Benchmarking for Energy Efficiency—Go NYC!

New York City requires buildings over 50,000 sf to conduct periodic energy audits.  This article — Does Your Building Consume Too Much Energy — in the New York Real Estate Journal offers advice on how to use an audit report to choose retrofit projects with the fastest paybacks.   No surprise to us that “fast paybacks will usually include up… Read more »

Federal Legislators Support AMI Petition Against China

AMI is proud of the fact that all four of our federal legislators (2 Republicans, 1 Democrat, 1 Independent) came together in support of our AD/CVD petition against China.  They all know that manufacturing has been an important part of the Maine economy for over a century:  shipbuilding, paper, textiles, shoes, etc.   We’re pleased to… Read more »

We’ve Become A Better Manufacturer

This article appears to be about AMI but it’s really about Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and how they helped us become a better manufacturer.  Without their expertise in modern manufacturing processes, we’d still be in the last century, wondering where our business went.  Instead, we’re thinking strategically and acting collect… Read more »

When It’s Nice to be Known as Extreme

Specialty Fabrics Review recently featured an article that addressed the technologies involved in manufacturing high performance fabrics to protect people from extreme hot or cold.  The article, titled: “New Textiles and Applications That Control Temperature Provide Comfort and Safety in Extreme Conditions,” prompted a call from a customer looking … Read more »

Fabtech was Fabulous!

We know that hot work fabrics aren’t as exciting to look at as robotic welding equipment! So we were pleasantly surprised with the number of visitors, and the breadth of job titles. We also met a lot of front-line folks this year, many of whom had never attended Fabtech before. Hats off to those major… Read more »

Building Underbellies – Opportunities Abound

Who knew that the underbellies of most institutions are chock full of energy saving opportunities? Yes, mechanical rooms are overheated treasure troves of wasted energy. We just completed our first campus-wide insulation retrofit at Bates College. Bates saw the savings potential in their 18 mechanical rooms and contracted with us to retrofit them by ins… Read more »

Small + U.S. Made = Dependable Performance

Here’s news: Small US manufacturers are important to the supply chain! This, according to a Dept of Commerce economist in this recent interview in Industry Week — http://www.industryweek.com/manufacturing-leader-week/docs-chief-economist-looking-out-manufacturings-little-guy. We could have told them that, since we stayed US-made when it was cool… Read more »