The agency that’s redeveloping the Brunswick Naval Air Station is in talks with several aircraft manufacturers and maintenance companies, in addition to Bombardier Inc.

The Portland Press Herald reported Tuesday that Gov. Paul LePage’s economic development team and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority had met in May with Bombardier, a Canada-based company with facilities throughout North America, Asia and Europe. The state and the authority are trying to bring an aircraft-related company to the former base.

“We’ve talked with (Bombardier), but we’re talking with five or six other companies as well,” said Steve Levesque, executive director of redevelopment authority.

Levesque declined to identify the other companies.

Speaking at a public forum to discuss the status of the former Navy base one year after it was decommissioned, Levesque said the new Brunswick Landing has attracted 15 new businesses with about 150 jobs. Those companies aim to expand their combined work forces to about 475 employees.
About 40 people attended the public meeting in Brunswick.