Brewer economic group appoints new president

Posted March 29, 2010, at 9:41 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Lawyer Frank McGuire is the new president of Brewer Economic Development Corp., replacing Shawn Small, who held the post for the last year.

In addition to appointing McGuire president, BECD directors also accepted three new members at their March meeting and made longtime member Deborah Marsters the group’s vice president and assistant treasurer.

Bob Platt, Jeff Sanford and Dale Graham are new members, lawyer and City Council member Joseph Ferris was appointed secretary-clerk, and Mike Jones was named treasurer at the meeting.

Platt is a Brewer resident and member of management at Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., Sanford is director of financial services at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, and Graham is the manager of Penobscot Eye Care, a business that recently moved to Brewer.

Brewer Economic Development Corp. is a private nonprofit corporation of local business owners and residents working to create business opportunities in Brewer that will create or improve jobs and broaden the tax base.

“Established in 1968, the nonprofit, independent development corporation is led by a group of volunteer community members with the purpose of encouraging and assisting in the location, settlement or expansion of industry, manufacturing and other business, education and cultural enterprises in the City of Brewer,” Tanya Pereira, Brewer’s deputy director of economic development, said in an e-mail.

The corporation has been involved in the creation of the East-West Industrial Park and bringing Wal-Mart, ZF Lemforder and Brewer Automotive Components to the city.

Small, one of the founding owners of CES Inc., an engineering and consulting firm in Brewer started in 1978, was appointed the group’s president last year to replace Mike Legasse, who served as president for a decade.

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