December 14, 2018
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Maine construction firm Cianbro to hire 300 in new year

Anthony Brino | BDN
Anthony Brino | BDN
Todd Gilley, a representative from Cianbro shares highlights and benefits of a career with the Pittsfield-based construction firm with Morgan Shaw, a welding student from Presque Isle, at Northern Maine Community College's job fair on March 9.

Maine-based Cianbro Corp. says it’s launching an effort to hire 300 workers to tackle a slew of construction projects across the state in 2018.

The construction industry typically slows down in winter months, but new jobs have trickled in for Cianbro throughout the fall and early winter. The company employs 1,350 people in Maine and is looking for new people in jobs and trades needed for large projects in the state.

“We’re hiring people as we speak, and this is not short term work,” Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue said Friday. “It’s significant, and it includes all crafts.”

One of its jobs is a federal contract with the U.S. Navy to make improvements at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Vigue said his firm already has several ongoing projects at the facility.

In Bangor, Cianbro is building a 400-car parking garage and heading up other renovations at the new headquarters of Bangor Savings Bank on the waterfront. Several other projects, some of which have yet to become public, will be popping up in towns stretching from Bangor to Kittery, Vigue said.

In October, Cianbro broke ground on the new Portland headquarters for WEX, a payment processing and IT company.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to have succeeded in picking up a lot of work,” he added.

The positions will run the gamut of construction jobs, from project managers and iron workers to welders and entry-level construction workers. Vigue said the hiring process has already started. Cianbro is advertising the openings and reviewing applications as they come in. He said interviews would be set up “immediately” with qualified candidates.

“We’re not pushing this off over the next six months, this is an immediate need,” Vigue said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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