As Scott Dunbar and Alan Brawn eyed retirement in recent years, they had to make some serious decisions about the Bangor construction company they started 16 years ago.
They could sell Dunbar and Brawn Construction to a competitor. They could simply close the doors of their headquarters on Hildreth Street and sell off the property.
Or, as a growing number of Maine companies have done, they could sell their operation to the carpenters, crane operators, mechanics and other workers who make their business run.
They chose the third option, which has become an increasingly common approach for business owners who are nearing retirement.