AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Soon the Zoom bus service that provides transportation around the Biddeford- Saco area and up into Portland will add another bus to it's fleet.
That in and of itself is not big news. But what is unique about this new addition is that it was left for dead after spending several years on the road. Now it's like new again at a fraction of the cost of a new vehicle.
It's the kind of project that's helping a Maine facility that services military vehicles to survive and preserve jobs.
"We're reinventing ourselves and that's what you need to do. We have a great workforce that is extremely talented and their talents and skills are transferable from military equipment to these vehicles so it's a logical step", said Tim Corbett, Executive Director of the Maine Military Authority.
Since 1997 the MMA in Aroostook County has been working on military vehicles for the National Guard. At one time it employed more than 500 workers. But the military jobs are drying up and now it operates with just 50 workers.