May 22, 2018
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Bomb threat called in at Limestone Commerce Center business

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News

LIMESTONE, Maine — Forty-three Sitel employees were evacuated from their building in the Loring Commerce Center around 3:30 p.m. Monday after the call center received a bomb threat.

Limestone police officers went to the scene, assisted by volunteer firefighters with the Limestone Fire Department and by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

“Members of the fire department conducted a room-to-room search of the facility with nothing found to confirm the threat,” said Stacey Mahan, chief of the Limestone Police Department, in a press release issued Monday.

It took officials a little more than two hours to clear the scene, Mahan reported.

The Limestone Sitel facility employs 192 people, but Andrew Kokes, vice president of global product management and marketing, said that only 43 employees were affected because of low staffing associated with the Memorial Day holiday.

“Sitel has a document business continuity plan that was successfully executed during this event to ensure the safety of our agents and minimal business impact to our clients,” Kokes said.

Robbie Jalbert, site director of the Limestone facility, said, “Employees were allowed to return to work once the police gave the OK to re-enter the building.”

The chief said Wednesday that his department was continuing to investigate the origin of the call.

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