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Kestrel To Overtake Naval Base, Create 250 Jobs

Fri, 07/23/2010 - 5:00am

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A company plans to bring a manufacturing operation to Maine's former Brunswick Naval Air Station after the base closes, creating up to 250 jobs.

Gov. John Baldacci says Kestrel aircraft company will start with 50 to 75 jobs, and then expand.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said Friday at the announcement in the Augusta State Airport that "any time you talk about new jobs coming to Maine — that's good news."

The Navy already has removed its aircraft and preparations continue for the transfer of the base to civilian authority. The Brunswick base is due to close next May.

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