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Gov. Walker, and Wisconsin lands Kestrel Aircraft
Aero-News.net ^ | Mon, Jan 16, 2012 | aero-news staff

Posted on 01/18/2012 9:02:44 AM PST by taildragger

Governor Announces Move In Monday News Conference

ANN has learned that the deal between the State of Wisconsin and Kestrel Aircraft is done, and that Alan Klapmeier's turboprop airplane will be built in the upper Midwestern state rather than in Brunswick, ME. Wisconsin will also reportedly be the new home of Kestrel's headquarters.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: economy; generalaviation; jobs; walker; wisconsin
WI Governor Scott Walker (Facebook)

We recieved word Monday morning from Kestrel spokeswoman Kate Dougherty that the move was a "done deal." The Duluth News Tribune reports that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker held a news conference at 0930 CST Monday in Superior, WI, to announce the agreement. The paper reports that the Douglas County Land and Development committee voted unanimously on January 10th to recommend that 13.3 acres near Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport be transferred to the Superior Redevelopment Authority to make the deal happen. It must still be finalized by the Douglas County Board on Thursday.

Alan Klapmeier reportedly began discussions with Wisconsin after problems arose with incentives promised by the state of Maine for the plant to be built at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, which was closed by BRAC and slated by the state for re-development as Brunswick Landing. The Wisconsin facility would begin as a 35,000-square foot manufacturing plant which it is hoped will employ some 600 people over the next four years. It would eventually grow to 50,000-square feet.

Television station WEAU reports that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will form an enterprise zone which will make some $18 million in tax credits available to Kestrel. “I am pleased with the aggressive package we have put forth in conjunction with strong local support to make this major job creation contribution to Superior,” said Governor Walker in making the announcement. “This relocation will be a huge boost to the Superior-area economy.” Television station WDIO reports that the overall state incentive package will include $112 million in tax credits along with a $2.4 million low interest loan and other incentives from the city, and $500,000 plust the land transfer from the county.

Kestrel says on its Facebook page that its current jobs and operations will remain at Brunswick Landing in Maine. FMI: www.kestrel.aero


1 posted on 01/18/2012 9:02:51 AM PST by taildragger
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To: taildragger
Is this what happens when you balance the state budget, run a surplus, and get on the road to controlling State Legacy cost?

Does all the things I just said above say "We are open for business?"

Nahhh... Recall him ( sarc / off )....

2 posted on 01/18/2012 9:05:54 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; TaMoDee; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsin Jobs Ping — Kestrel

If you want to be on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list, just FReep mail me.


3 posted on 01/18/2012 9:06:19 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Anybody know how to contact the Aviation Ping List ?


4 posted on 01/18/2012 9:07:16 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger

Beautiful airplane.


5 posted on 01/18/2012 9:10:03 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: taildragger; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; ...
AVIATION PING
6 posted on 01/18/2012 9:11:43 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: taildragger; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; ...
AVIATION PING
7 posted on 01/18/2012 9:12:48 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: taildragger

No, not I.


8 posted on 01/18/2012 9:13:20 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Just think of what liberals will say about Walker new coup...I bet they’ll say those planes will be for the rich and the state should put a 75% tax on it becauseit will be unfair that the poor can’t afford the plane.


9 posted on 01/18/2012 9:14:24 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: taildragger

The liberals, of course, will be bellering for some reason that this isn’t good for the State of Wisconsin.


10 posted on 01/18/2012 9:22:26 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: taildragger

LOL. Let’s see the Rat broad running against Walker try and tell voters this is bad for the state and she would make sure nothing like this will happen again. That is basically where the Rats are going to have to go to run against him.


11 posted on 01/18/2012 9:25:17 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: taildragger
Is this what happens when you balance the state budget, run a surplus, and get on the road to controlling State Legacy cost? Does all the things I just said above say "We are open for business?"

Gov. LePage & the Maine legislature has similarly declared that state "Open for business". I wonder what fell through at Brunswick.

12 posted on 01/18/2012 9:29:00 AM PST by Crichton
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To: taildragger

That’s a pretty airplane. Reminds me of a Pilatus PC-12 but sleeker. I do wonder how the market will be for something like that, though, given that it’s probably going to be mainly a corporate-type aircraft.

}:-)4


13 posted on 01/18/2012 9:42:17 AM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: Crichton
The CEO I think lives or has roots close to the new facility in neighboring MN. That may have tipped the decision in WI's favor...
14 posted on 01/18/2012 9:46:19 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger

This is basically a slight redesign of the Epic Turboprop, as a certified a/c.

Problem is, Epic people say it is all BS and Klapmeier is full of clap.

Details to follow.


15 posted on 01/18/2012 10:29:18 AM PST by MindBender26 (New Army SF amd Ranger Slogan: Vengence is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: MindBender26
I knew the Klapmeiers. They took a bunch of states monies for Sirrus then sold it to the Chinese.

Expect the same thing here.

16 posted on 01/18/2012 10:34:20 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Moose4

If the cost of ownership is significantly lower than that of a jet it would probably expand the market as companies that couldn’t justify the cost of a jet may consider it.


17 posted on 01/18/2012 10:40:12 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: Crichton

The Brunswick base wasn’t ready in time if I read it correctly.


18 posted on 01/18/2012 11:43:36 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: taildragger

cofounder of Cirris in duluth


19 posted on 01/18/2012 12:28:11 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Last Dakotan
i was wondering the same when I read about the announcement in the Duluth paper today how long before it's sold to the red Chinese
20 posted on 01/18/2012 12:31:47 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: taildragger
That mean old rotten governor walker!! First he gains control of the crooked unions, then he makes the state employees pay for a bit of their benefits - just like those employees in private industry, then he cancells layoffs of up to 10,000 state employees, then he brings a fine profitable corporation into Wisconsin.

Fie upon governor walker...fie, oh fie!!!

I know....let's recall him!!!

}sarcasm off.....

21 posted on 01/18/2012 1:23:54 PM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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click


22 posted on 01/18/2012 7:24:17 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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