GVS North America (formerly Maine Manufacturing)

There aren’t many companies that can say they have been growing in the midst of a shrinking global economy.   Maine Manufacturing is certainly one of them – and it has chosen to grow right here in Sanford, Maine.  The company was founded in 2007 by Craig Cunningham to provide complete turn-key life science solutions addressing the needs of the life science marketplace.  It quickly became a trusted supplier in the region, providing a diversified portfolio of products and services to life science, medical and diagnostic customers.

In 2008, Bill Emhiser joined Maine Manufacturing as President.  That same year, GE Healthcare announced that they were closing their Whatman facility here in Sanford.  Whatman Inc. employed nearly 250 people in Maine, and those jobs were going to be lost when they were moved overseas.  Maine Manufacturing approached GE with an offer to keep parts of the business in Sanford and, after long negotiations, the company purchased parts of the Whatman division of GE.  This acquisition allowed Maine Manufacturing to grow from 2 to 90 employees and preserved many of the jobs which would otherwise have been lost.

In 2010, Maine Manufacturing celebrated the grand opening of its 100,000 square foot state of the art facility in South Sanford.   Senator Susan Collins spoke highly of the company during the opening celebration, saying, "Maine Manufacturing is truly one of Maine’s great success stories. But what you are doing here goes beyond creating jobs. You are building an industry of the future. The quality of your products, your innovation, and your collaboration with Maine’s research community are keeping our State on the cutting edge of the life sciences industry".

Building on its strong start, Maine Manufacturing has continued to thrive and grow in Sanford.  The company fits well within the hard-working Sanford community, and it operates on the principle that if you work hard, you will be rewarded.  In December of 2012, Maine Manufacturing acquired from GE the assets of its laboratory filter and membrane business – including a facility in Westborough, Massachusetts – bringing its employee count to 165.  Less than a month later, the company acquired a line of laboratory products from General Electric, allowing it to diversify its customer base.  Maine Manufacturing was already producing these products for GE, so the acquisition of the product line was seamless.

In late February of 2013, Maine Manufacturing announced that it had entered into a new partnership with GVS S.p.A., a global technology leader in the development and manufacture of filtration products primarily for the medical and automotive markets.  The investment capital from this partnership facilitated the acquisitions of GE’s Filter and Membrane business and the product lines from GE Healthcare Life Sciences.  President Bill Emhiser stated, “This alliance will allow Maine Manufacturing to access the global sales network of GVS and their world-wide R&D will provide additional impetus to our market and product expansion.  We anticipate great results from the partnership between our two groups.”

On April 7th 2013 Bill Emhiser spoke at the launch event for Sanford Maine’s new logo and tagline, “Explore. Create. Grow.”  During his remarks, he pointed out how Maine Manufacturing exemplifies Sanford’s new tagline: it is an example of how companies can explore the possibilities that exist in Sanford, create new products, new opportunities, and new jobs here, and grow their businesses.  At 200 employees and counting, Maine Manufacturing (now GVS North America) is still doing all of those things – and doing them very well indeed.

For more information visit the company’s website: http://www.gvs.com/