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Tempus Jets to Invest $8 Million in Brunswick Landing Lease
09/04/2013   Reported By: A.J. Higgins

A South Carolina-based company that specializes in overhauling corporate jets is investing $8 million to lease facilities at Brunswick Landing, the former home of the Brunswick Naval Air Station. Tempus Jets will immediately transfer 12 employees from its Newport News, Virginia, facility and add another 13 workers by the end of the year. A.J. Higgins has more.

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Twenty years ago, as a naval pilot, Scott Terry regularly flew P-3 Orion submarine hunters out of Brunswick Naval Air Station. Now, as the CEO of Tempus Jets, a company that specializes in retrofitting jets for clients that include members of the royal families from the Middle East, Terry's returned to Maine.

"When I left here in August of 1992, I never thought I'd be back here in this particular situation, but here we are," Terry says.

The company will take a year's lease at Brunswick Landing's cavernous Hangar 6, a building well-suited to accommodate wide-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A340. Terry says about a dozen employees currently based in Virginia will be transferring to Maine to set up the business. And he expects that number to grow.

"Initially we'll be bringing probably about a dozen technicians up here to get things moved in and started," Terry says. "The FAA is going to be a big driver in that, as far as when our repair station certificate actually transfers from Virginia to here. I would expect probably within the first year, we're looking at probably 50."

Congressman Michael Michaud attended a ceremony announcing the arrival of Tempus Jets, while Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Sen. Angus King and Sen. Susan Collins sent representatives.

Gov. Paul LePage was unable to attend the event, but he was represented by Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais, who said the state, the community and the Midcoast Regional Development Authority were able to close the deal with Tempus in record time.

"That's 22 days from first contact to commitment - and this is what can happen when government moves at the speed of business," Gervais said.

The arrival of Tempus Jets brings the number of businesses at Brunswick Landing to 25, that have added 230 jobs to the region.


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