AUGUSTA — An Auburn manufacturing plant and a Rangeley ski resort were among six companies presented with the 2012 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence by Gov. Paul LePage on Monday.

Tambrands, Inc. of Auburn and Saddleback Maine of Rangeley were among the six recognized for “high level of commitment to their community, employees and to manufacturing or service excellence,” according to a press release.

This was the 22nd annual year for the award, administered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and sponsored by FairPoint Communications.

“This year’s honorees represent businesses that are regional, national and international leaders in their fields,” Gov. LePage said in the release. “I am particularly pleased that each business has shown a commitment to investment, innovation, their communities, and to Maine.”

Tambrands, Inc. is a Proctor & Gamble company that employs 450 people. It is the only Tampax manufacturing plant in North America that manufactures products for the U.S. and Canada, and is an incubator for new product ideas and research, according to the release.

Saddleback Maine employs 225 during the peak winter season, having increased that number from 66 peak-time employees in the past nine years. According to the release, the company has invested more than $40 million since 2003 to “improve and expand mountain and resort offerings.”

Also recognized by the governor were Allen Insurance and Financial of Camden; Moose River Lumber Co. of Moose River; James D. Julia, Inc. of Farifield; and Volk Packaging Corporation of Biddeford.


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