Scarborough SAT prep class

Maine Prep, a Brunswick-based company that offers SAT and ACT tutoring, now offers SAT prep classes for high school students at Northeast Technical Institute at 51 Route 1 in Scarborough.

The first of the eight-week classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and run through Jan. 18. For more details, call Maine Prep at 798-5690 or go to www.maineprep.com.

Transcription firm upgrades

NEMT of Woolwich, a provider of medical transcription services, has contracted with NLP International, a natural language processing company, to upgrade its transcription technology using specialized software that allows medical professionals to more efficiently scan documents or patient records to locate key information in a quicker turnaround.

For more details, call Rick Bisson at 522-3530 or go to www.nemtinc.com

Energy partnership forms

Independence BioFuel, ReVision Energy and ReVision Heat have announced their partnership to transition Maine homes and businesses to clean, renewable energy.

Independence BioFuel markets compressed wood bricks and pellet fuel. ReVision Heat helps homeowners reduce oil consumption by combining heating system maintenance with efficiency upgrades. ReVision Heat also designs and installs biomass-fueled heating equipment. ReVision Energy offers professional design, installation and service of complete solar energy solutions.

For more details, go to www.biofuelme.com, www.revisionheat.com or www.revisionenergy.com

Landry/French in charge

Landry/French Construction Co. of Scarborough is the construction manager for the renovation of the 30,000-square-foot Community Counseling Center building, located at 165 Lancaster St. in Portland.

Construction is under way and scheduled for completion in April 2011. This project is expected to employ 60 to 70 people. 

Firm has new website

System Logistics of Lewiston has launched a new website at www.systemlogistics.com. A division of Gruppo System, System Logistics provides automated material-handling systems for warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing operations worldwide. 

Residential lending changes

Kennebunk Savings announced changes to its residential lending team. Cathy J. Brown, of Kennebunkport, will be Kennebunk Savings vice president and residential lending manager. Eric Nixon has been appointed the bank’s residential loan officer. Melanie Nunan has been promoted to vice president and residential lending officer. 

Economic research companies merge

PolicyOne Research of Scarborough has merged with Camoin Associates of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. PolicyOne, founded by Jim Damicis in 2002, publishes indicator reports on economic development in the technology and energy sectors in the Northeast and evaluates economic development programs. The merger will combine PolicyOne’s data analysis and research expertise with the customer-driven focus of Camoin Associates. For more information, call 510-6055. 

New gift shop in Falmouth

A new business, The Purple Turtle Gifts & Jewelry, has opened at 100 Gray Road on Route 100 in Falmouth. The store offers a collection of items created by local artisans, including jewelry, candles, soaps, apparel and accessories.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. For details, e-mail owner Ruth Martin at [email protected]

New office for Katahdin Trust

Katahdin Trust Co. recently broke ground for a new office at 57 Western Ave. in Hampden. The new space, expected to be completed by June 2011, will feature four teller stations, four private loan and account-opening offices, a conference room, drive-up ATM, night depository and two drive-up lanes. 

Tile store opens on Forest Avenue

Distinctive Tile & Design, a Southern Maine designer and distributor of porcelain, stone and glass mosaic tile, has opened a new retail showroom on Forest Avenue in Portland. Owned by Larry Stoddard, the business also has stores in York, Yarmouth and Rockland. 

Dielectric changes name

Dielectric Communications of Raymond has changed its name to SPX Communication Technology. The business offers a full range of Dielectric® brand products. The new name reflects the company’s expanding focus on developing and marketing global communication technologies and underscores its alignment with its parent company, SPX. For more information, go to www.spxcomtech.com or www.spx.com

Shop benefits military folk

The Sanford/Springvale Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee welcomed Maine Patriots Thrift Shoppe to Sanford with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently. Maine Patriots sells donated household items with proceeds used to support military troops and their families who live in the Sanford, Acton, Shapleigh, Alfred and Lebanon communities. The store is located at 1016B Main St., behind Dairy Queen.

Yoga studio opens in York

Yoga classes are available at Cider Hill Yoga, a new business located on the second floor of Brixham General Store, 435 Cider Hill Road, York. Brixham co-owner Darcy Specker teaches vinyasa-style, beginner-friendly group classes and private lessons. For information, call 351-5788. 

New website for seniors

Maine Senior Guide, a Portland-based, free online resource for Maine seniors and their families, has launched its website at www.maineseniorguide.com. The site offers a free calendar, numerous articles and a weekly blog. For more information, call Deborah McLean at 232-7847. 

Wood products showcased

Shore-Built Construction and Woodworking recently opened a cabinetry showroom at 54 Woodbridge Road in York. Besides cabinets, the products include the company’s line of home goods, S&B Originals, which includes butcher block tops, kitchen carts, cutting boards and pottery. All the wood products are handcrafted on site, including professionally carved signs. For more details, call 363-9311.