A collection of Maine businesses has formed a new trade group aimed at growing the state’s outdoor products and service industry.

Maine Outdoor Brands will be announced at a Nov. 20 press conference at the Press Hotel in Portland.

The nonprofit “is an alliance of like-minded companies united in their desire to promote the innovators and entrepreneurs whose products and services are inspired by the vast, outdoor playground we proudly call home,” according to the group’s website.

The group, which has 26 members, “sees value in leveraging what Maine is best known for –the outdoors — in creating a business climate conducive to outdoor product brands and the younger workforce they attract,” it said in a news release announcing next week’s event.

Members include clothing, gear, boat, ski, surf and snowboard manufacturers, as well as food companies, marketing companies and law firms. Among them are L.L. Bean, Hyperlite, Grain Surfboards, Good To-Go and Old Town canoe and kayak.

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