PPH Column Credits Engineering Students

University of Maine engineering students received a nod in the Portland Press Herald column “Soup to Nuts: Maine’s own needhams have history — and potatoes — on their side.”

Linda Lenberg of Norway, who makes and sells 2,000 needhams, bought an old Italian packing machine from a whoopie pie baker at a trade show. When she first hit the on switch, she says it “was like a baseball pitching machine.”

So Lenberg enlisted the expertise of UMaine engineering students, who adjusted the machine for her. It now wraps a week’s worth of coconut, potato and chocolate treats in a couple hours.