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Pentagon Contract Goes to Orono 

Senator Susan Collins announced Thursday that the work will be done by Maine Secure Composites, which is based at the University of Maine’s Target Technology Incubator.

Collins said the composite anti-tamper containers will help meet the needs of the Department of Homeland Security’s advanced container security device program. The government has been funding various technologies to help cargo handlers monitor shipping containers arriving at U.S. ports.

Maine Secure Composites has been working in partnership with the university’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center to apply composite and sensor technology to port security.

The Defense Department said the work is expected to be completed by April 2013.