03 August 2010
03 August 2010
Kestrel Aircraft Company(KAC) have selected Brunswick Landing, at the soon to be decommissioned Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB), as their home to develop, certify and manufacture their class-defining, state-of-the-art, composite turboprop aircraft, the Kestrel.
The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) and the Kestrel Aircraft Company have entered into a lease option for Hanger # 6, a 170,000 square foot, state of the art aviation maintenance facility that was constructed in 2004. The Kestrel venture at Brunswick Landing will involve an investment of over $100 million and is expected to create over 300 high paying jobs once the company is in full production. Kestrel development, certification, and initial production are scheduled to begin this fall. Governor John E. Baldacci commented, “The decision of Kestrel Aircraft Company to locate their base of operations at Brunswick Landing is a testament to the diversely talented and sophisticated workforce here in Maine. The international appeal and worldwide demand we foresee for the Kestrel airplane will benefit jobs throughout the state, boost Maine’s economic competitiveness, and showcase Maine’s world class innovation economy”.
Kestrel Aircraft is a new company formed to complete the FAA certification and produce the Kestrel.
Steve Levesque, MRRA's executive director, said, “It’s because of companies like Kestrel Aircraft and its forward-thinking directors that we call Brunswick Landing, Maine’s Center for Innovation. The composite skills that KAC will bring to the region will complement the world class capacities of Maine’s composite technology cluster represented by the members of the Maine Composite Alliance.”