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Loss of manufacturer setback for old base in Maine

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) -- The loss of hundreds of jobs that will fly to Wisconsin with Kestrel Aircraft Co. represents the first major setback for the redevelopment of Brunswick Naval Air Station, but a redevelopment official says there's no need to villainize Kestral because Maine failed to provide promised help.

While the loss of 300 or more jobs is a disappointment, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority is looking at other companies that could bring just as many jobs to Brunswick.

Executive Director Steve Levesque said economic development is often a bumpy road. He said Kestral's decision to locate its manufacturing and assembly plant in Wisconsin is a setback but not a total loss.

Kestral will still retain operations in Brunswick, including its Kestral Aeroworks division that customizes and upgrades airplanes built by other manufacturers.

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