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Brewer councilors support company trying to buy plant

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — City councilors this week endorsed a resolve in support of an application for funding for a prospective buyer of the former Lemforder plant.

“There is a company … trying to purchase that building and we’re supporting them,” D’arcy Main-Boyington, the city’s economic development director, said Thursday.

The prospective buyer, a manufacturing company, is applying for funding through the Maine Rural Development Authority.

Lemforder officials announced in January 2009 that their Brewer plant, which was a worldwide supplier of tie-rod ends and ball joints for Ford, General Motors, Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz, would close in mid-2010.

They put the 12.44-acre property, with its 126,000-square-foot building, on the market and in June dropped the price to $2.5 million.

Main-Boyington said she could not release any details about the potential buyer, but she expected information about the sale would be released in the coming weeks.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the council also:

• Accepted a .22-caliber rifle from the local Wal-Mart and a .223-caliber rifle from a resident who asked to remain anonymous for use by the Brewer Police Department.

• Purchased 1,600 tons of rock salt for $59.80 per ton from Cargill Inc. of North Olmstead, Ohio, for a total cost of $95,680.

• Signed a newly negotiated agreement with U.S. Cellular for the city’s 32 cell phones, which is saving the city $5,097 annually.

• Hired Ben Breadmore on a temporary basis to do work for the code enforcement office through June 2011 for $18,800.

ä Set the annual joint meeting of the City Council and Brewer School Committee for 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Muddy Rudder.

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