BANGOR, Maine — A new company has formed to take over an aviation aircraft maintenance facility at Bangor International Airport that previously was run by Telford Aviation.
Local businessman Gene Richardson, CEO of the newly created Maine Aero Services Inc., announced on Tuesday that his company will assume operations of the maintenance facility and he hopes the transition is seamless.
“I believe that Maine Aero Services will have a unique opportunity to make a fresh start when it comes to providing a full array of small-aircraft services at Bangor’s airport,” Richardson said in a statement. “We are retaining the core group of experienced technicians who have been in place all along, and we have the full support of the existing clientele, including the Allen family, the original founders of Telford Aviation.”
Telford Allen II founded Telford Aviation Services in 1982 in Waterville as a mom-and-pop charter flight company. It relocated to Bangor in the 1990s and evolved into the Telford Group, a regional and national leader in both airplane parts sales and maintenance.
Allen has not been involved in operations for several years. His two sons, Telford Allen III and Travis Allen, held management positions with the company until September 2009, when the family decided to sell its interest to ACC Holdings LLC of Milwaukee, Wis.
Last month, ACC Holdings sold the maintenance portion of Telford to C&L Aerospace, an Australian company that vowed to pull the local aircraft parts and maintenance facility out of recent financial struggles. C&L Aerospace managing director Chris Kilgour indicated in March that a new corporation would be formed to take over control of the maintenance facility. The deal was contingent on BIA turning over its lease from Telford to Maine Aero Services, which the Bangor City Council approved last week.
According to Richardson, the new company plans to continue servicing local planes as well as small international aircraft and will keep about a dozen technicians on staff.
The other part of Telford, which handles large-scale maintenance primarily on military aircraft and also includes a parts sales business, still is owned by ACC Holdings.
Former BIA Director Bob Ziegelaar, Telford’s most recent general manager, has remained in charge there, although he said in February that ACC Holdings instructed him to lay off about half his staff of about 60 employees.
In addition to its Bangor facility, Telford has a research and development facility at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone that employs approximately 20 people. It also has locations in Alabama, Texas and Maryland.
Richardson, who owned and operated a software company, Advanced Data Systems, for 28 years before retiring in 2007, said he wasn’t ready for retirement.
“I do a lot of flying myself and knew a lot of people there, so it was easy,” he said. “Most, I didn’t want to see all these people lose their jobs.”