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Posted May 18, 2009, at 3:33 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:38 a.m.

Achievement in Business Award

ORONO – The Maine Business School has named one of Maine’s top business advocates – Cianbro president, chairman and CEO Peter Vigue – the recipient of its 2008 Achievement in Business Award.

Vigue, a member of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation board of directors and former board president, is a longtime champion of the University of Maine and has demonstrated a deep commitment to community service on multiple boards, commissions and area business, community and educational organizations.

Criteria for the Achievement in Business award includes demonstration of leadership, service to UM and its business school, service to community and career development, and a commitment and demonstration of lifelong learning.

Citing Vigue’s leadership at the Pittsfield-based Cianbro companies, John Mahon, dean of the UM College of Business, Public Policy and Health and director of the Maine Business School, said Vigue was a natural choice for this year’s award.

With nearly $500 million in annual sales and 2,500 employees, Cianbro is one of Maine’s largest companies. The corporation has played key roles in renewing the Maine economy by re-purposing several closed paper mills, retraining and employing hundreds of workers.

A Pittsfield native, Vigue began his career with Maine’s largest construction company in 1970 as a laborer earning a degree in marine engineering from Maine Maritime Academy.

He was foreman, field engineer, project engineer, superintendent, project manager and purchasing director before becoming an executive in the company’s operations. He had been president since 1991 and added chairman and chief executive officer in 2008.

Among the successes the company is known for today is its corporate wellness plan with its goal of improving employees’ quality of life and healthful lifestyle at work and off the job.

Vigue helped revolutionize Cianbro’s dealings with subcontractors, suppliers and clients by focusing on partnerships among stakeholders.

Under his leadership, Cianbro has expanded into other construction-related areas, including construction management, commercial building, power plant maintenance and construction in Brewer of large floating modules for an expanding oil-refinery facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

Hampden business award

HAMPDEN – The Hampden Business Association named David Plowman of PDQ Door Co. as Hampden’s 2008 Business Person of the Year.

The award honors a Hampden business man or woman who has made a significant contribution to his or her community and the region.

The nominees are solicited from members of the Hampden business community and selected by a nominating committee made up of members of the association.

“I was pleased to learn of the recognition. The high caliber of past recipients is impressive, and I’m honored to accept the award on behalf of myself and all the members of the PDQ Door family,” Plowman said. “Their commitment to our customers and this community has made this award possible.”

Plowman and his wife, Debra, started PDQ Door Company in 1994 on Outer Hammond Street in Bangor, moving to Hampden four years later.

The company began by selling and installing residential and commercial garage doors, operators and accessories. They have since expanded the PDQ Door product line to include fire doors, aluminum and glass storefronts, loading dock equipment, electric gate operators, handicapped accessible door openers, roll-up doors and pet doors.

PDQ Door Co. now operates in five locations throughout Maine including Hampden, Rockport, Bath, Waterville and Houlton.

“We service and install everything we sell,” said Plowman. “No job is too big or too small.”

PDQ Door Co. has donated thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to numerous local school projects and charity events, including Hampden-Newburgh Little League, Hampden Boosters Club, Hampden Children’s Day, Hampden Kiwanis, Dexter Football, Nokomis Football, Friends of the NRA, WhiteTails Unlimited, and the Maine Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure.

Besides being business owners, the Plowmans are active community members.

David Plowman spent six years on the Hampden Town Council, is a member of the Penobscot County Conservation Committee, Hampden Rifle and Pistol Club and the NRA. For nine years, two of which he was head coach, Plowman helped coach his daughter’s softball team in Little League as well as ASA summer ball.

The Hampden Business Association will hold its eighth awards banquet on May 13 at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor to honor Plowman.

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