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December 11, 2018

Maine MEP promotes Robinson to president

Courtesy / Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Courtesy / Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Larry Robinson, leader of Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership's field staff, will become the organization's president on Jan. 1.

About Maine MEP

The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a program of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The national MEP system is a network of manufacturing extension centers that provide business and technical assistance to smaller manufacturers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Through MEP, manufacturers have access to more than 2,000 manufacturing and business professionals whose job is to help firms make changes that lead to greater productivity, increased profits and enhanced global competitiveness.

Larry Robinson, leader of Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership's field staff, will become the organization's president on Jan. 1.

He succeeds Muriel Mosher, who will retire Dec. 31 after a 20-year tenure with the state-operated business assistance program.

"Maine MEP is pleased to announce the appointment of Larry Robinson as president," Board Chair Carl Spang said in a news release on Monday. "Since joining the organization as a project manager in 2004, Larry has helped clients achieve more than $30 million in impacts. He has an extensive knowledge of Maine's manufacturing sector and has a proven track record of success."

Robinson has been Maine MEP's center director since 2012. In that role, he led the Maine MEP field staff in efforts to foster manufacturing innovation and economic growth. He will remain center director while assuming the duties of president.

"I look forward to building upon the successful foundation established under Muriel's leadership on behalf of the manufacturers we serve," Robinson said.

"Maine MEP's succession planning has ensured that Larry is knowledgeable about the center and is ready to assume the duties of president," said Spang. "He will be responsible for the strategic vision of Maine MEP, managing the statewide field staff and ensuring that the organization delivers leading-edge programs and services that can help Maine manufacturers achieve world-class performance."

Mainebiz reported last week that Mosher, who has been Maine MEP president since 2012, retired in order to explore new opportunities and spend more time with her grandchildren.

During her tenure as president, she forged strong relationships with other economic development organizations, community colleges and workforce training boards and helped secure funding to support Maine's small manufacturers.

She joined Maine MEP in 1999 after serving as chief of staff for Maine Senate and House legislative leaders.

Experienced manufacturer

Robinson came to Maine MEP's center with more than two decades of experience working with leading manufacturers, including as program manager for international electronics manufacturer Sanmina-SCI and as process engineering group leader at Hussey Seating Co. in North Berwick.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology and an MBA with a concentration in operations management from the University of Southern Maine.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, with a master's degree in military operational arts and sciences, and has served for 35 years in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserves, including a 2017-18 mobilization to Kuwait. He holds professional and industry certifications that include lean facilitator, advanced project management and performance management facilitator.

Robinson is on the board of the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, and previously served on the Industrial Technology Advisory Board at the University of Southern Maine-School of Technology and the New England Board of Higher Education.

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