LePage: ‘High-tech company’ coming to Brunswick Naval Air Station

Posted April 26, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.
Last modified April 26, 2011, at 9:21 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday that he will join Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority representatives Thursday to reveal details about an “exciting, high-tech company” that plans to set up shop on the redeveloped Brunswick Naval Air Station property.

A news release issued Monday by the governor’s office described the forthcoming base tenant as “a world-class maritime organization that serves the needs of its clients and the public interest by promoting the security of life, property and the natural environment.”

LePage is scheduled to name the new company Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta, joined by Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) officials, members of Maine’s U.S. congressional delegation, Maine Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Phil Congdon and Peter Vigue, chairman and chief executive officer of the Pittsfield-based construction firm Cianbro.

“I am looking forward to the announcement on Thursday — and appreciate the governor’s involvement in the situation — which will certainly be a plus to development of the air base,” Arthur Mayo, chairman of the MRRA board of trustees, said Monday.

MRRA is charged with overseeing the civilian redevelopment of the 3,200-acre Navy base, which is slated to close as an active military installation on May 31. Working with the Navy to secure early access to vacated base properties before the official closure, MRRA has begun its work to replace the nearly 5,000 jobs estimated to be lost as a result of the Navy’s departure.

Among the companies already operating on the base property or with a deal in place to do so are airplane manufacturer Kestrel Aircraft Co., Swedish medical supplies producer Mölnlycke Health Care and information technology firm Resilient Communications Corp.

“This is another good opportunity for good paying jobs,” Steve Levesque, MRRA’s executive director, said Monday evening of the company to be announced Thursday.

While stakeholders remained tightlipped on the new tenant’s identity Monday, LePage’s announcement offered clues about the company.

The governor’s office said the firm develops and verifies “standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.”

“The organization uses state-of-the-art technology to accomplish its work, a fact that helps to make the infrastructure-rich facilities of the former air station an ideal match for the new tenant,” LePage’s announcement reads, in part. “The development will bring a host of challenging, high-tech positions to (the property to be renamed) Brunswick Landing, with the promise of additional high-quality jobs in the near future.”

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