BANGOR – The aviation servicing company C&L Aviation at Bangor International Airport is prepared for take off and ready to expand.
“We’re really busting at the seems here so we’ve been working on a couple of projects,” said C&L CEO Chris Kilgour.
C&L Aviation purchased around four acres of land on Griffin Road, along with what was the Spectacular Event Center.
“They’ve been leasing and renovating those spaces over the years,” said Tanya Emery, director of Community and Economic Development for the city of Bangor.
Emery said the company must create at least 25 new jobs within the first two years at its Bangor campus. If not, they’ll pay a fine to the city.
“It’s the opportunity to employ local people, teach them, train them, give them a good income and then give back to the community as well,” Kilgour said.
The current building is where employees work on the exterior of the planes and where they put everything inside. The new building is where they will be working on the planes’ interiors.
“We have sewing machines, we have wood shop work going on, we have high quality painting and veneer work,” Kilgour said.
“When you see a corporate aircraft and you see the high quality leather seats, the carpet, the side walls, all the wood work, that’s what we do in there,” he said.
Kilgour said he is working on building relationships with high schools and trade schools. He wants students to know opportunities are available close to home.
Kilgour said the company is hoping to move into the Spectacular Event Center in three months. The other project, he said, is expected to be finished by the end of the summer.
“It’s a small place to be but we can make a big impact here,” Kilgour said.