Cianbro ships final oil refinery modules

A nighttime view from Bangor,  looking across the Penobscot River to Cianbro's module construction facility in Brewer. Photographed Thursday evening, December 17, 2009. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
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A nighttime view from Bangor, looking across the Penobscot River to Cianbro's module construction facility in Brewer. Photographed Thursday evening, December 17, 2009. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
Cianbro officals watch as the last shipment of oil refinery modules leaves the company's Brewer manufacturing facility Friday afternoon.  The barge was loaded with seven modules that completes the total of 51 that were to be manufactured.  Cianbro  vice president and general manager Joe Cote said that facility is not shutting down. They are in negotiations with several major companies and hope to get more work before the end of the Summer.  Most of the over 500 people who worked at the Brewer facility were transfered to other projects.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BAGOR DEGRE
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Cianbro officals watch as the last shipment of oil refinery modules leaves the company's Brewer manufacturing facility Friday afternoon. The barge was loaded with seven modules that completes the total of 51 that were to be manufactured. Cianbro vice president and general manager Joe Cote said that facility is not shutting down. They are in negotiations with several major companies and hope to get more work before the end of the Summer. Most of the over 500 people who worked at the Brewer facility were transfered to other projects. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BAGOR DEGRE
Posted June 04, 2010, at 3:17 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — With little in the way of fanfare or celebration, Cianbro Corp. officials watched the last piece of a mammoth construction project float down the Penobscot River Friday afternoon.

The Motiva Refinery Expansion Project, billed by Cianbro as one of the most important chapters in the company’s 61-year history, involved the piece-by-piece construction project of a gigantic oil refinery being assembled in Port Arthur, Texas.

Joe Cote, Cianbro’s vice president and general manager, said the project represented a new era for the company in many respects ranging from new technology that kept the hulking components perfectly aligned to a strong presence in the city of Brewer.

“The city of Brewer was instrumental in helping us establish this facility,” said Cote as a barge carrying seven modules floated down the river. Cote added that the company is seeking new projects to construct in Brewer. In the meantime the workforce there will consist of about 50 people, down from a peak of 650 workers at the height of the Motiva project.

For a more detailed story, see Saturday’s edition of the Bangor Daily News.

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