Maine hoping to get aircraft and train manufacturer to Brunswick

Posted June 05, 2012, at 9:24 a.m.
Last modified June 12, 2012, at 1:23 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine is courting the world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft and trains for possible expansion in Maine.

Gov. Paul LePage’s economic development team and the agency redeveloping the Brunswick Naval Air Station in early May met with officials from Bombardier Inc., the Canadian company with facilities around the world.

Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais, who attended the meeting along with representatives from Bombardier’s aerospace division, described the meeting as preliminary but successful.

Gervais tells The Portland Press Herald there have been subsequent discussions with Bombardier since the May 10 meeting.

A Bombardier spokeswoman says the meeting was an exploratory session and the company has made no commitment.

The U.S. Navy decommissioned the 3,300-acre base last year.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Bombardier as the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer. Bombadier is the largest manufacturer of trains and aircraft, but not the largest manufacturer of either single product.

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