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BUCKSPORT, Maine — A Belfast company has expanded operations to the local industrial park, employing six people in a space formerly occupied by another boat manufacturer.
Front Street Shipyard has had people working in the town’s industrial park on Route 46 for about the past six weeks, according to David Milan, Bucksport’s economic development director. He said the firm moved into a 15,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by Union River Boat Co., which was sunk in 2012 by the poor economy.
Milan said Thursday that Front Street Shipyard is using the space to build multihull boats for another company, Trefoil Marine. He said the Belfast firm hopes eventually to employ a dozen people in Bucksport.
“It’s a great company,” Milan said. “We’re very proud to attract a company like Front Street.”
Front Street is using the Bucksport site to create hull and deck molds for Trefoil Marine’s high-performance T-30 boats, according to a prepared statement released Thursday by the Belfast firm. The composite-hulled boats will be used primarily by the military and police, fire and rescue departments, the release indicated. Production is expected to begin this spring, and the first boats to be launched this summer.
“The opportunity to build the Trefoil boats brought along this expansion as well as new jobs,” J.B. Turner, president of Front Street, said in the release. “Everyone in Bucksport has been very welcoming to our newly formed composites team, and we look forward to making the resourceful town our second home.”
The company is looking for skilled composites technicians to work at the Bucksport location. Interested candidates can apply at frontstreetshipyard.com.
Front Street Shipyard is a full-service construction, repair and storage facility on the Belfast waterfront, where it employs more than 100 people, according to the company.