Baldacci praises creation of 300 jobs

Posted July 24, 2010, at 12:47 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine —Gov. John Baldacci said the announcement that an airplane manufacturer is coming to Brunswick is a reminder that “better days are ahead.”

In his weekly radio address on Saturday, Baldacci sounded an upbeat tone with news that Kestrel Aircraft Co. will create 300 jobs. He said Maine’s skilled work force and investments in composites research combined to help bring the company to Maine to make a composite passenger aircraft.

He said that redeveloping the soon-to-close Brunswick Naval Air Station has been a top priority. Engineering work on the manufacturing plant begins in November, long before the base closes next May.