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Limestone Vehicle Refurbisher to Lay off 140
08/23/2013 03:33 PM ET  

Maine Military Authority officials say the draw down of troops and equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan has cut the demand for refurbished Humvees, and slashed funds for the program.

The Maine Military Authority in Limestone says it's preparing to lay off 140 workers, beginning in October. That's two-thirds of the agency's current workforce of 210.

The authority refurbishes vehicles and related parts, mostly for the military. MMA officials say the draw down of troops and eqiupment in Iraq and Afghanistan has cut the demand for refurbished Humvees, and slashed funds for the program.

"MMA will continue to pursue every opportunity to minimize and avoid layoffs," says MMA CEO Tim Corbett, in a press release. "In addition to working closely with the National Guard Bureau, we are aggressively seeking qualification as a certified vendor for the refurbishment of transit buses from state and regional entities."

Earlier this month, the MMA unveiled a transit bus that was refurbished through the program, and in 2011, Gov. Paul LePage signed an executive order establishing a school bus refurbishing program. Since then, the Maine Military Authority has rebuilt 15 school buses.


 

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