February 17, 2020
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Hartt Transportation unveils $6.5 million truck terminal project

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Site to spark transportation cluster, road improvements; provides key turnpike access BANGOR — Hartt Transportation Systems Inc. — a leading over-the-road transportation company in Maine — will spend $6.5 million on a state-of-the-art terminal facility at Kitty Hawk Business Park that includes public roadway construction of First Flight Drive Extension near Exit 75 of the Maine Turnpike in Auburn. The project’s groundbreaking ceremony is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14th onsite at 565 Kittyhawk Avenue. Hartt’s $5.3 million terminal will consist of a 30,000-square-foot office and maintenance facility with an automated public commercial truck wash. Hartt is committed to funding $1.2 million in new roads and will sell the remaining lots with visual exposure to Interstate 95, creating a transportation-related cluster development that could include office, transportation or light manufacturing uses. The park will offer high-speed fiber optic network, underground utilities, tastefully-lit streets and is located within the Pine Tree Development Zone and Foreign Trade Zone. “Our new investment in Auburn will enable us to better service our customer base and provide a location with direct access to the highway, while creating jobs and new business opportunities for the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond,” Hartt’s president Billy Hartt said. In business since 1948, Hartt began its Auburn operation in February 2001 under a contract with Formed Fiber Technologies running 25 trucks out of single office with one Driver Manager. Since then, Hartt has grown its Auburn operation at its facility on Hotel Road to 200 trucks and 300 employees. “It makes sense for us to build on our investment in this community and at this site, which will allow us to grow and better service our manufacturing clients in the Greater Auburn area,” Hartt Chief Financial Officer Joanna Bradeen said. “Auburn has been our choice all along, but without the help from the City of Auburn we could not have made this happen.” “While the initial project is in the range of $6.5 million, we believe additional development can be made rather quickly, especially with the road improvements we’re providing, to create a vertically integrated park of transportation related entities in central Maine,” Bradeen said. The Auburn City Council has agreed in principle to a 20-year, $1.2 million tax-increment financing package to help move ahead with the highest quality of infrastructure improvements. Machias Savings Bank is providing primary project financing. “Maine is fortunate to have strong business people who create opportunities in our communities, like Hartt Transportation,” said Machias Savings Bank Executive Vice President James Donnelly. “Hartt Transportation’s growth is good news for their employees, and for all of those who will benefit from this growth.” “The City of Auburn is pleased to see the project move forward and is excited by the energy this will add to the Kittyhawk Industrial Park and the exit 75 area,” said Auburn City Manager Clinton Deschene. “It takes many people to create the momentum to move the city and businesses forward to make our community strong. With partners like Hartt, it makes the job so rewarding and personal.” Hebert Construction — a family-owned and -operated Lewiston-based construction company since 1943 — is the general contractor, selected for their longstanding commitment to Maine, Hartt said. Gendron & Gendron will construct the extension and improvements to First Flight. Kitty Hawk Business Park sites are pre-approved and zoned so a business can begin construction within a short period of submitting an application, said Tony Armstrong of the Baldacci Real Estate Group, which is brokering the sale of lots near the development. Four additional lots are being created adjacent to I-95 for business, transportation and light industrial development. “Baldacci Real Estate Group is pleased to have assisted in putting this project together,” said Robert Baldacci. “Hartt Transportation and the City of Auburn have shown their commitment to growing the local economy through this project.” CONTACT: Joanna Bradeen, CFO, Hartt Transportation Systems jbradeen@hartt-trans.com or (207) 992-5909 Major investment in Auburn, Maine Hartt Transportation unveils $6.5 million truck terminal project