Redevelopment Newsletter, Spring 2017: New Aerospace Companies Flocking to Brunswick Landing
Redevelopment News, Spring 2017
Executive Director’s Report
After a good old-fashioned Maine winter with plenty of snow, it’s nice to finally roll up our sleeves and welcome spring to the Midcoast. As the weather warms, things start getting much busier at Brunswick Landing, and especially Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) where we saw a record number of flights – 3,389 – for the first quarter of 2017. Not bad when you consider how much snow and ice BXM received this winter. Our snow removal crew did an outstanding job with plowing the roads and keeping the airport open almost around the clock. Aerospace remains our prime target business sector. More than $20 million has been invested in improvements to the airport during its conversion to civilian use. We’re making good headway with recruiting aerospace businesses to Brunswick Landing. We now have 10 aeronautical businesses based here, including newcomers Atol USA, Brunswick Aviation Services, the Maine Aviation Business Association (MABA) and Innovative Solutions and Support. Each of these companies has recently signed lease agreements with MRRA for space at BXM. There is still plenty of hangar space, ground support space, and airport land available for business expansion at the airport. MRRA staff is actively working to attract more aerospace business to the area. MRRA had a booth at the Florida Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Fla. in March. We’ll be staffing a booth next week at the MRO Americas show in Orlando, Fla. Aviation is not our lone focus by any means. We continue to aggressively market Brunswick Landing as the northeast’s premier business growth site for innovation in the IT, composites, advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and clean technology sectors.
Flight Deck Brewing Really Takes Off at Brunswick Landing
Nate Wildes and Jared Entwistle opened Flight Deck Brewing in the former Navy small arms range (Building 102) in mid-February. It’s proven to be among the most popular new businesses in the area and ranks among the most innovative re-uses of a former Navy building. Wildes, Entwistle, and building owner Tom Wright have done an amazing job converting the former shooting range building into an inviting, well-lit tasting room with a large wooden bar and outdoor patio. Many of the beers pay homage to the former NASB in their names, including Subhunter IPA and P-3 Pale Ale. Food is available on a self-serve basis with sandwiches and drinks from neighbor New Beet Market. Additionally, Flight Deck has hosted various food truck vendors since opening and a wood-fired pizza oven is also in the plans. Cheers to Flight Deck! Read article about the brewery in the Portland Press Herald.
SaviLinx Becomes Brunswick Landing’s First HUBZone Business
In March, SaviLinx, LLC, a contact center specializing in business process outsourcing and technical support services, was certified as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The HUBZone program promotes economic development and employment growth, and certification enables SaviLinx, owned and operated by Brunswick native Heather Blease, to compete for additional federal contracting opportunities. This certification is in addition to SaviLinx’s status as a Women Owned Small Business. More info. about the HUBZone.
In other news, SaviLinx has been chosen for the Growth Master Award from the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC). The award was presented to Blease on April 4th at the National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit in Washington, DC. The USWCC is a leading advocate for women on economic and leadership issues.
Featured Property for Lease: 180 Orion Street, Solid Manufacturing Complex
Former Navy Building 153 was the NASB recycling facility and is one of our newer industrial buildings. Built in 1992, this 7,800 SF complex, with 22 feet of overhead clearance and an open floor plan, is set up nicely for a manufacturing operation. It has a 14-foot overhead door and comes with a large lot in the back of building for storage of equipment and materials. There are also a couple of small offices partitioned along the east interior wall. Most recent tenants include the Brunswick Sewer District and Enterprise Trenchless Technologies. It’s located in a quiet area on the south end of campus adjacent to the airport and anaerobic digester. This property may only be leased. Please contact MRRA’s Ben Sturtevant for more information at 207-798-6512. Review property spec sheet.
BXM Upgrades Continue with FAA Military Airports Program Aid
MRRA continues to make improvements to the airport. Work has wrapped up on heating upgrades to Hangars 4 and 5. Radiant heating units have been installed in both hangars, which altogether total more than 300,000 SF. These more efficient systems will save us up to 20 percent per year on our heating bill, which is significant as you might imagine for buildings of this size. Also in the works for this year are renovations to the airfield side of Hangar 4, which include offices and shop space, and design of a general aviation hangar on the site of the former Navy Fire Station (Building 292), which was demolished last spring. We’re also continually maintaining the airfield. Projects include crack sealing on the runways and taxiways and debris and tree removal.
TechPlace Adds Two More Businesses – Mobility Technology and Atol USA
TechPlace, Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator and Business Incubator, continues to fill up with innovative manufacturing companies. We’re now at 30 businesses. The latest innovators to join the community are Mobility Technology and Atol USA. Mobility Technology manufactures the Afari Stylized Mobility Aid. The company describes its product as “a state-of-the art, aesthetically designed device to aid upright mobility and to enable persons who need or want balance, stability, and/or weight bearing assistance to participate in outdoor jogging, running and distance walking activity in diverse terrain.” Atol USA is a new company that manufactures an amphibious aircraft or “flying boat”. Atol USA is a joint venture between Finland’s Atol Avion and a U.S. based investor group for the production, distribution and support of the Atol 650 LSA in the North American market. On April 4th, Atol USA announced the selection of Brunswick Landing for its North American headquarters. Atol will have a production facility at TechPlace.
Airport Events on Tap for 2017: Air Show; Race the Runways; Flying Trail
BXM will host several exciting events over the next few months. First on the docket is the Race the Runways, which takes place on April 29th. This event features five different races — 1 mile, 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and a kids fun run. More details about this event are available on the Race the Runways website. We’ve recently kicked off the 2017 Maine Flying Trail. Pilots who fly to at least five Maine airports are eligible to collect two free Maine lobsters at BXM. And finally, the Great State of Maine Air Show returns to BXM on August 26-27, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and several other exciting flight performers. Tickets are available online.
Traffic Law Enforcement Gets Tougher at Brunswick Landing to Curtail Speeding
The Maine Legislature passed LD 97, which allows Maine DOT to establish speed limits on the campus of Brunswick Landing and allows local police the ability to enforce these traffic laws. This law will be in effect immediately. This bill was necessary to ensure safe vehicle operations on the public roadways of Brunswick Landing, as there have been numerous instances of speeding, reckless driving and ignorance of traffic signage. We encourage all Brunswick Landing visitors, residents, students, and employees to be courteous to other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians utilizing the campus roads. It’s for safety of all of us! Accordingly, the Brunswick Police will be stepping up their patrols on the property.