YORK COUNTY — Two companies from York County have been recognized by the state for business excellence.

On Wednesday in Augusta, Maine Gov, Paul LePage presented 2017 Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence to six firms doing business in the state and among the group receving awards were CRI-SIL Silicone Technologies of Biddeford and Caron Engineering of Wells.

CRI-SIL Silicone Technologies is at 359 Hill St. in Biddeford and provides silicone elastomeric bases and compounds serving industries in health care, automotive, military, aerospace, consumer, industrial and electronic/electrical applications.

The company specializes in silicone rubber, liquid silicone rubber, and fluorosiliconeI and is at the forefront of developing products for industry that use silicone rubber bases, compounds, additives and specialty silicone materials. 

Mark Stevens and Michael Hirschy conceived CRI-SIL Technologies in late 1993 and, just a few months later, opened its doors in Biddeford.

It has been developing products for industry for almost a quarter of a century and continues to be a leader in the field of developing and marketing silicone rubber bases, compounds, additives and specialty silicone materials to include RTV products.

Caron Engineering is at 1931 Sanford Road in Wells and was founded in 1986. It develops advanced retrofit solutions for machines to improve performance, productivity, and profitability. 

Rob Caron launched Caron Engineering in the basement of his home in Wells.  He had worked in the computer numerical-control machine-tool industry for many years and realized there were few products on the market for monitoring the health of cutting tools-with most of them being inadequate for the task. 

Caron Engineering’s first and most recognized product, TMAC (Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control) was released in 1989 and today, the company develops advanced hardware and software solutions for more intelligent machining, focusing on unattended operation, machine process diagnostics, cycle time reduction and operator error elimination.
“It’s an honor to recognize these businesses, all of which represent the best of the best here in Maine,” LePage said in a statement announcing the awards. “The businesses honored today are dedicated to quality workmanship, maintaining a loyal and dedicated workforce, and giving back to the community. I thank each of them for doing business in our state and for serving as a great example for other Maine businesses.”

He said that the companies earning this recognition this year were awarded for their commitment to their communities, employees and excellence in manufacturing or service provision.

The 2017 Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence were made during a reception at the Blaine House.

Other award recipients this year included Vet’s First Choice of Portland, Rockport Automotive, Inc., First National Bank of Maine, and International Grand Investment Corporation of Wasshington County.

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535 ext. 326 or by email at [email protected]

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