What’s New at Old Bangor & Aroostook?
Since January, I’ve been traveling throughout the district to hear directly from Mainers about the issues that matter to them. Last week, my five-county swing through the Second District took me to Milo, where I had the opportunity to tour the Old Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Yard and talk with the folks who work there.
The work happening at Old Bangor and Aroostook is a great example of why we’re working to bring more investment to our rural communities. Central Maine & Quebec Railway (CMQ) has converted the old machine shop into a modern, state-of-the-art facility that cleans and repairs tank cars. In addition to the new tank car facility, the railyard also refurbishes and repairs rail cars and locomotives.
During construction of the new tank shop, the company hired local companies and businesses to construct and complete the project. Since then, the facility has doubled its staff in the Milo area by hiring local folks and bringing in more business for the town’s small businesses. Many of the cars repaired and refurbished at the Old Bangor & Aroostook railyard carry Maine wood fiber harvested in the area all over the country. All in all, this one business has created a domino effect that has helped create new opportunity for the Milo area and its economy.
Whenever I’m meeting folks back in Maine, I use what I learn to find ways I can use my work in Congress to help them. As the Chairman of the House Small Business Contracting and Infrastructure Subcommittee, I’m looking for solutions that will help us recreate the success we’re seeing at Old Bangor & Aroostook elsewhere in the state and across the country. My visit underscored for me the need to invest in our infrastructure, cut red tape for companies looking to invest in rural areas, and help local companies in rural areas compete for contracts.
I’m always looking for opportunities to hear from Mainers, and I’ll continue to meet folks out in their communities. Please feel free to stop by one of our offices to meet me and my staff and let us know if there is any way we can serve you. You can find them here:
Bangor Office: 6 State Street, Bangor ME 04401. Phone: (207) 249-7400
Caribou Office: 7 Hatch Drive, Suite 230, Caribou ME 04736. Phone: (207) 492-6009
Lewiston Office: 179 Lisbon Street, Lewiston ME 04240. Phone: (207) 241-6767
Washington Office: 1223 Longworth HOB, Washington DC 20515. Phone: (202) 225-2943
Thank you for allowing me to serve you in Congress. I hope you will continue to keep me informed on the issues that matter to you.
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