“I started about 20 years ago, started in the basement of my house in Brisbane, Australia,” said C&L Aerospace CEO Chris Kilgour.
For Kilgour, Thursday’s ribbon-cutting at their new $5 million facility in Bangor was an emotional occasion.
“I was listening to everybody talk about what got us to this point and feeling pride. Pride in what we’ve accomplished, pride in all the orange shirts, the employees standing in front of us, and thinking about where we’ve got to go,” said Kilgour.
The 100,000-square-foot facility is the new headquarters for C-and-L, previously based in Australia. They have some 100 workers here, and with these new digs, that number is expected to grow.
From sewing airplane seat covers to an extensive inventory of parts, it’s a one stop shop for plane owners.
“We can do the maintenance, we can do the painting, we can do the interior, we can supply the parts and that saves time and it saves money for the owners,” said Kilgour.
And with a new 17,000-square-foot painting hangar set for completion here later this summer, local leaders are excited for the future.
“They are looking for partnership with the city to develop more. And it’s a great way for us to be able to show that Bangor is a great place to develop new, to develop existing, to move your business. We’re very welcoming of business here,” said Bangor City Councilor Gibran Graham.
And Kilgour says he has no regrets about choosing Bangor to call home.
“we had choices. We were offered from other states to come there with incentives, but as I came to live here and I saw the work that was going on, the work ethic of the people of Maine and the welcoming that we got from the city and the airport, it was really a no-brainer,” said Kilgour.