LIMESTONE, Maine – All is quiet at this site in Limestone

It’s the space where Maine Military Authority workers refurbished 32 buses for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. With that contract completed, more than 50 workers have now been laid off.

“What is the next step from MMA? I really don’t know,”said Loring Industries General Manager Tim McCabe.

McCabe said what he does know is that his equipment refurbishment crew, who works in the same facility, was happy to collaborate with MMA on this project. He said MMA workers in return, helped his squad work on a different contract for these coach buses.

McCabe has already hired a total of 5 former MMA employees to join his LLC and hopes to secure more contracts so he can hire others. He said their talent should not be wasted.

“You don’t learn that overnight, you put time in to learn it and that’s what they have, great experience.”

Tim Corbett is MMA’s executive director.

Corbett said that Maine Military Authority has not secured a new workload, though they’re hopeful something will develop. In the meantime, they can’t continue like any other business.

On a positive note, the word from MBTA is that their work was phenomenal.

McCabe said, “The comments are it’s the best overhaul and refurbish program that they’ve ever seen, literally on the most complex bus in North America.”

Scott Doughty worked for MMA from 2005-2012. He currently works for Loring Industries and says he’s sad to see MMA workers go.

“Not being able to see the smiling faces, they were a good group of guys, real good group of guys. A talented group of guys.”

MMA could secure another contract and get back to work or Loring Industries may lock down more contracts and hire MMA workers.

The future is uncertain at this point.

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