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Hussey Seating Company Awarded $2.8M Grant to fuel Job Growth

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Hussey Seating Company Awarded $2.8M Grant to fuel Job Growth

The grant is part of Maine Technology Institute MTAF 2.0 voter funded initiative
April 16, 2018 – North Berwick, ME – The Maine Technology Institute awarded Hussey Seating Company a $2.8M grant as part of MTAF 2.0 (Maine Technology Asset Fund 2.0). The grant will be used for infrastructure, equipment, and technology upgrades which will help the 183 year old company gain market share, increase revenue, and expand employment.
The $2.8M grant will be a part of an $8.2M project investment by the company. “We’re a Maine-based manufacturer that faces global competition every day. The only way for us to succeed is to keep our operation as smart and efficient as possible. Receiving this grant to strengthen our planned capital investment will help us upgrade equipment and facilities, improving our competitiveness so we can grow market share, revenue and jobs.,” said Gary Merrill, President & CEO of Hussey Seating Company. The grant required at least a matching of funds but Hussey Seating decided to triple the investment to maximize the grant’s impact.
Merrill continued with, “The Hussey family shareholders have always been committed to reinvesting profits into the Company’s growth, and like the good Yankees we are we make sure we get every bit of value out of our facilities and equipment. But it’s time for us to invest in some modernization so we can continue to further expand our business and provide more jobs for hard working Mainers. We can’t thank MTAF 2.0 and the Maine voters who allowed this initiative to come to fruition enough. I know this investment will do exactly what it was intended to; increase revenue and provide good jobs to Maine people.”
About Hussey Seating Company
A family-owned company founded in 1835, Hussey Seating Company is a world leader in developing and manufacturing seating solutions for the sports and entertainment, education, and worship markets. Hussey's high-quality range of seating includes fixed polymer and upholstered chairs, telescopic platforms, telescopic gym seating (traditionally known as gym bleachers), and portable folding chairs. 
Contact:
Chris Robinson
Director of Marketing
crobinson@husseyseating.com
+1 207 676 0242

 

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Hussey Seating Goes to Washington

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Hussey Seating Goes to Washington

"As many of you may have seen, I had the opportunity to meet with Senator Collins and her staff as a guest of the non-partisan group, Main Street Coalition to give my opinions on the pending tax reform legislation. Hussey Seating Company has products and services based throughout the world and employs more than 280 people, as President & CEO it is critical our voice is heard in national politics as we constantly seek to improve and expand our business operations here in Maine.

I would like to be clear to our employees and community that while neither I, nor the Company, endorse any bill – we would of course take full advantage of a corporate tax decrease and use the increased capital to reinvest in the business through innovative technologies and machining that would allow us to compete at a higher level in the global marketplace - leading to new jobs and more employees at our facility in North Berwick. However, I shared with Senator Collins my position is that this cannot be done if it increases the deficit or at the expense of the middle class tax payers."

Gary Merrill
President & CEO
Hussey Seating Company

 

 

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American Legion Commander Honors HSC

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American Legion Commander Honors HSC

American Legion National Commander Honors Hussey Seating's POW/MIA Chair of Honor Program


By Karen Dandurant
news@seacoastonline.com
September 30, 2017

Original article here.

BERWICK, Maine — History was made in August, with the election of the first female national commander of the American Legion. This weekend, she made her first official tours, to visit American Legion posts in Maine.

Among the local state stops this weekend, Denise Rohan visited the Ramsdell Rogers Post 56 in York Friday night. She began her day on Saturday with breakfast at Kezar Falls Post 123 in Parsonsfield, and then went to the Charles Hatch Post 79 in Berwick on Saturday. She ended her trip Saturday night with a banquet at Sanford Post 19.

A Wisconsin resident, Rohan said she is finding her first duties as national commander “humbling.”

An Army veteran, Rohan said the first time she tried to join the American Legion, she was told her husband Mike could join, but that women joined the Ladies Auxiliary. Now she is national commander and her husband is enjoying traveling with her as an aide. Both Rohans have served the Legion in local, state, district and national roles.

“Thirty-eight years ago, in a small town in Wisconsin (Marshall) the AL came to recruit my husband,” Rohan said. “My husband said I was also a veteran and that was the response I got. It’s strange to go from not being welcome to becoming national commander.”

Several years later, Rohan was allowed to join the American Legion in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She eventually became commander of Post 333.

“I had a bunch of fantastic mentors, from World War II and Korea,” Rohan said. “They made me feel welcome. Wisconsin Legions are split into three levels, county, state and district. I was invited to hold a district office.”

Rohan became Wisconsin’s first woman state commander and was invited in 2012 to seek the national position.

“I said no, that I wasn’t qualified,” Rohan said. “I had always held the national commanders in the highest esteem. I learned there was a pool of past national commanders and was told they wanted me to seek the position.”

It was not handed to her. Rohan said she spent two and a half years being vetted through a series of national assignments.

“I was assigned national positions, as a sort of test,” Rohan said. “I headed the national membership and post activities. I was moved to the veteran’s employee and education board, with offices in Indiana and Washington, D.C. I traveled to 49 states (missed Hawaii), and Puerto Rico. I learned the concerns of each state and how to meet their needs.”

Jeff Chase, commander of Berwick Post 79, introduced Rohan. He noted that times have changed and the Legion has a strong history of embracing women in leadership roles.

“I thank you all for coming,” Chase said. “This is very important and historic, coming here to welcome the first female national commander. This is really something to celebrate.”

Rohan’s theme as national commander is “Family First” and her fundraising project is the Legion’s temporary financial assistance program, and the Legion’s service officer program. TFA awards cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. The grants help families in need meet the cost of food, shelter, utilities and health care.

There were two presentations during the Berwick event. Rohan was given a quilt to remind her of her time visiting the post, and Tom Hussey, a sixth-generation owner of the family that runs Hussey Seating, was given a plaque and a hand-made flag box and flag to honor his company for the work it did creating the MIA/POW chairs displayed by all posts. The seat always sits empty and is honored at all post functions, said Post 79 member and retired Air Force Col. Rosanne Martin.

Ramsdell Rogers Post 56 Commander Donald Hands said they were honored and privileged to have Rohan visit during their fish dinner on Friday night.

“She brings a wealth of experience as a Legionnaire, a genuine concern for people, and a vision of ‘Family First’ for the American Legion,” Hands said.

Rohan was accompanied by State Commander Randall H. Kluj, Maine National Executive Committee Officer John Hargreaves, State Historian Jeffrey Stevenson, District One Commander Gordon Kendal, and other dignitaries.

Hands said Rohan heard a presentation by past post Commander Pete Doe, who described the difficult times experienced by the post, how it rose up to begin anew after losing its old post home and their view to the future.

“National Commander Rohan then awarded him a letter of appreciation signed by herself and the state commander for his effort,” Hands said.

Hands said before Rohan left, she made sure to walk among the crowd one more time, distributing some of her “Family First” pins.

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Notre Dame Project Complete

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Notre Dame Project Complete

North Berwick, ME – September 1, 2017 – On Saturday, September 2, 2017 the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame™ will debut their newly-refurbished stadium with Maine made seats as part of a multimillion dollar project to enhance the fan experience and revitalize the stadium.

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A Record Year

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A Record Year

Hussey Seating Company reports highest revenue in the company’s 182-year history. Their FY2017 annual report highlights the company hitting $100M in revenue – 98% of which came from outside the state of Maine - and injecting $15M in payroll contributions into the Southern Maine economy. These added up to a feat most appreciated by their 280+ full time employees who enjoyed another record - the highest profit sharing contribution in the company’s history.  

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