"The vision was to make a living for me and my family," said CEO of C and L Aerospace Chris Kilgoure. C and L Aerospace held a ribbon cutting ceremony for it's $5 million facility at bangor international expansion airport. The aircraft parts and maintenance company moved into a new 120-thousand square foot complex.
Unknowingly that vision, which started with a friend in the basement of a home in Brisbane, Australia 20 years ago, brought jobs to Bangor. "That's part of being an entrepreneur, you make some good decisions and we've made some bad decisions," Kilgoure said. "Coming here was a good decision."
The company manufactures aircraft parts and offers maintenance to different airlines. The Bangor location opened in 2010. Local and state dignitaries spoke, including gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler.
Employees of the company were also on hand and gave a behind the scenes tour of the facility. "We can sow seat covers, do new cushions for chairs," Kilgoure said,"we can do woodwork and things that need to be replaced on planes."
Kilgoure is an immigrant from Australia and his entrepreneurial decision to bring this business to Maine, could be a template for economic growth to the area. 2014 Gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, who is running as an Independent, agreed: "We must actively recruit entrepreneurs with ideas for businesses and jobs in the state of Maine from all over the world."
Since 2010 this enterprise has grown from 20 to 120 workers in Maine alone. Kilgoure added,"Since we have been here we have witnessed exponential growth." Chris Kilgoure even got emotional during his speech before the ceremony as he spoke about the organization. "Pride in what we have accomplished, pride in seeing the employees standing in front of us and thinking about where we have to go." Forethought that can benefit the corporation and livelihood of Bangor.