Businesses grow at site of old Brunswick Naval Air Station


REPORTER: THERE ARE REMINDERS OF THE BRUNSWICK NAVAL AIR STATION DAYS EVERYWHERE HERE AT BRUNSWICK LANDING. THE FOLKS IN TARDIVE REDEVELOPING THIS SITE ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT THE MILITARY LEFT BEHIND. THE SAILOR’S CREED IS STILL WRITTEN ON THE WALL IN THE ROOM WHERE WORKERS MADE SPECIALIZED PANELS. THIS IS A SPOT WHERE COMPANIES CAN SHARE IDEAS AND RESOURCES. ANOTHER TENANT, A SWIFT COMPANY THAT CREATES 3-D CELL CULTURES — TO SELL TO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. I WAS LOOKING FOR A LAB SETTING WHERE WE COULD KICK OFF OUR U.S. OPERATIONS. REPORTER: ATAYNE MAKES ATHLETIC WEAR OUT OF RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES. EVERYTHING FROM HAVING THE ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS WE NEED TO HAVING COMPRESSED AIR THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING WHICH WE NEED TO RUN OUR EQUIPMENT. REPORTER: SINCE 2011, COMPANIES HAVE CREATED MORE THAN 730 JOBS AND MORE THAN 700 — 75 BUSINESSES. STEVE LEVESQUE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. IT IS A FORWARD-LOOKING BUSINESS PARK. REPORTER: ABOUT HALF OF THE SQUARE FEET OF BUILDING SPACE IS LEAST. THERE IS ROOM TO GROW, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE BASE ONCE EMPLOYED 5000 PEOPLE. LINDA SMITH IS THE TOWN’S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER. IT IS A BIG DEAL TO HAVE THE BASE CLOSE AND EVERYONE WAS VERY CONCERNED. WITH THE FOUR YEARS SINCE THE BASE FORMALLY CLOSED AND ALL THE GOOD WORK GOING ON IN BRUNSWICK LANDING, WE ARE VERY PLEASED. REPORTER: THE LONG-TERM GOAL IS TO HAVE BRUNSWICK LANDING’S PAYROLL MATCH THE $130 MILLION PAYROLL OF THE AIR STATION.

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