Big Brothers, Big Sisters
celebrates new home

WESTBROOK — After more than two decades in Portland, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine celebrated its move to 625 Main St. on May 18 with an open house and ribbon cutting. 

Michael Royer, president of the Board of Directors welcomed 40 guests including Westbrook Mayor Mike Sanphy and Ed Symbol, president of the Westbrook-Gorham Chamber of Commerce.

“I speak on behalf of the Board of Directors, many of whom are standing here with me, and the staff when I say how pleased we are to be joining a vibrant, growing community. I’d like to think that Market Basket is just following in our footsteps. We look forward to becoming an active member of the Westbrook
downtown area,” Royer said before cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

The organization relocated to the city in February.

“It is a pleasure to welcome you to Westbrook. You are joining a city that is both proud of and supportive of the work of our nonprofit organizations. I look forward to working with you in the coming days and years,” Sanphy said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine aims to provide Cumberland and York county children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships.

Idexx makes debut
on Fortune 1000 list

Idexx Laboratories Inc. of Westbrook has made its debut on Fortune magazine’s Fortune 1000 list of the largest U.S. publicly traded companies, ranked by annual revenue.

Fortune announced its 2018 list Monday. Idexx, which produces veterinary diagnostic testing equipment, software and other products, ranked No. 961 based on its 2017 revenue of $1.97 billion.

It is Idexx’s first appearance on the list. No other Maine-based company has made the Fortune 1000 list in recent years.

Idexx employs about 3,000 people in Westbrook and 8,000 worldwide. It is Maine’s sole representative in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, a stock index of 500 publicly traded companies that is considered a leading bellwether of the U.S. economy.

Idexx recently began a $62 million expansion that will add a new multi-level, 135,000-square-foot building to the company’s existing headquarters complex in Westbrook.

A crowd cheers as Big Brother Big Sister Board of Directors President Michael Royer, center, cuts the ribbon celebrating the organizations relocation to Westbrook.