People & Business: Dec. 5

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Gorman family makes major donation to Maine Medical

Maine Medical Center announced Nov. 21 that a gift of $4 million has been provided by Lisa Gorman and the children of L.L. Bean Chairman Emeritus Leon Gorman and their spouses Jeff and Sonya Gorman and Jennifer and Bennett Wilson. 

In recognition of the gift, the planned Congress Street building lobby will be named after the elder Gorman, who served as L.L. Bean’s president from 1967-2001 and on the Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees from 1985-1994.

The soaring lobby of the new Congress Street building will be the centerpiece of the new structure, with construction expected to start in 2020 and be completed by the end of 2022. The Congress Street Tower is part of MMC’s $525 million expansion and modernization project now underway. MMC is creating 128 new private patient rooms, adding 19 procedure rooms and providing 225 more spaces for parking. The project will also reorient the front of the hospital to Congress Street.

The Locker takes first place for innovation challenge

Food safety consulting group Dirigo Food Safety of Yarmouth received first place and $5,000 as the winner of the New England Food Systems Innovation Challenge for their product, The Locker. 

Created in 2015 by Bill Seretta, president of the Sustainability Lab, and Tom Settlemire of the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust, the mission of NEFSIC is to encourage entrepreneurs to create new, sustainable, enterprises that improve the production, distribution, and processing of locally raised food

The Locker is a fully assembled and customizable modular food production unit housed in a reconditioned 40-by-8-foot refrigerated container that needs only access to potable water, electricity and sewage. 

Hires, promotions, appointments

Town & Country Federal Credit Union announced the expansion of its public relations and communications team by welcoming Jon Paradise as the new vice president of public relations and communications and promoting Linda Halleran to the newly created position of community outreach manager.

Midcoast Federal Credit Union hired Christina Carter as senior vice president retail services and Andrew Mockler as marketing manager.

Casco Bay Wealth Advisors announced Katie Lewis has been hired as a client services manager in the Brunswick office.

The Connectivity Group, a design/build technology infrastructure and integration company based in Falmouth, announced Cody Smith has been hired as a new warehouse/deployment technician at the company’s new warehouse in Westbrook. 

New Meadows Media of West Bath has hired screenwriter Greg Tulonen and voice actor Stan Allen to join the production of audio melodrama, “Restless Shores.”

S. Portland businesses recognized by city 

The city of South Portland Economic Development Committee honored five local businesses Nov. 28 for their contributions to a strong and vibrant local business community.

The Small Business of the Year Award was given to South Portland House of Pizza, which was started by Eric Bruneau 25 years ago in the Meeting House Hill neighborhood. The New Business of the Year Award winner is SoPoCo.Works, which offers access to the state’s first Podcast recording studio. The Santo “Sam” DiPietro Community Impact Award honors those who have gone above and beyond to make the community a better place. Drs. Jennifer and Christopher Allen of South Portland Veterinary Hospital were recognized for the care they have given to the dogs of the South Portland Police Department K-9 unit.

The Business Leader of the Year winner in the fewer than 25 employees category is Don Foshay Jr., whose family has grown their tire business from South Portland to six locations in southern and coastal Maine.

The Business of the Year Award winner with greater than 25 employees is Texas Instruments, Inc., which, since 1995, has provided thousands of jobs for Southern Maine residents.


Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine celebrated Home Care and Hospice Month in November by honoring those who excel in the profession, including Meryl Ruth of Cumberland, who was named one of two volunteers of the year. Ruth commits her time to Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough.

Rocky’s Ace Hardware was presented with the Spirit of Bath Award during Main Street Bath’s 17th Annual Dinner at the Maine Maritime Museum this fall. The award is given to individuals and businesses that have supported the local community. Rocky’s store manager Ben Townsend accepted the award.


OceanView at Falmouth broke ground Nov. 27 to expand its capacity at Falmouth House assisted living facility. Developers expect the project to be completed by July 2019.