UMaine center wins governor’s kudos

Posted Aug. 22, 2009, at 1:34 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci says the University of Maine’s wood composites center is a potential dynamo of growth for key industries in the state.

In his weekend radio address, the governor says composites already are important to boatbuilding. Research is being conducted on the use of composites for wind power, and bridges using the materials already have been built in Maine.

Composites are a mix of wood fibers with other materials to make the building material stronger and decay-resistant.

Baldacci, who showed off the composites lab to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last week, said high-level federal officials are pursuing clean energy and transportation solutions for our future. The governor said LaHood intends to invite composites center Director Habib Dagher to make a presentation to a Cabinet group. Baldacci calls that “an impressive honor.”

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