New work buoys Maine’s marine industry

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During the last few winters, Custom Float Services on Portland, Maine's Union Wharf has had to lay off a few full-time employees because of a lack of work.

But the company has landed the biggest job in its 21-year history - constructing a replacement marina in the boating haven of Newport, R.I. - and its work force is going full tilt through the winter, the Portland Press Herald reports.

And in a case of a rising economic tide lifting all docks, other Maine businesses are benefiting as well. Port Harbor Marine in South Portland is building the concrete floats that are used to deaden wake action from passing boats and will be part of the marina. And the high-tech composite decking that covers the floats comes from Correct Building Products in Biddeford.

The project's value exceeds $500,000, according to company president Charles A. Poole.

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