Brewer News

Brewer, Cianbro sharing spotlight

8.15.2008 – A video production company on Thursday was at Cianbro’s Eastern Manufacturing Facility, and at other spots around town, filming for a documentary on what will be the largest oil refinery in United States history.

Brewer is featured in the documentary because Cianbro was hired to make 52 modules for Motiva Port Arthur Refinery, which is in the middle of a $7 billion expansion that will make its Texas facility the largest crude oil processing plant in North America, said Stan Mays, Motiva Enterprises LLC, spokesman.

“What’s interesting is the ripple effect the Texas project has had all the way to Maine … to help jump start the reopening of a former paper mill [property] here,” he said.

The Texas refinery, which produces Shell Oil brand products, now processes around 275,000 barrels of fuel a day, and “when the expansion is complete it will process about 600,000 barrels a day,” Mays said.

He added later that “the Shell-branded stations here in Maine are supplied by Motiva.”

The video production crew filmed at the plant on South Main Street and Brookside Bar and Grill just down the street on Thursday, and plans to film the Eastern Manufacturing Facility grand opening ceremony today and then visit the nearby Tozier’s Market.

The grand opening ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Several high-level officials from Pittsfield-based Cianbro and Motiva, headquartered in Houston, along with federal, state and local leaders will be on hand to talk about the multimillion-dollar investment and its benefits to Brewer and the region.

Cianbro’s new manufacturing facility has “helped to revitalize a portion of the town by putting a number of people back to work,” Mays said. “A lot of people have a lot to be proud of.”

Cianbro CEO and Chairman Peter Vigue, City Manager Steve Bost, Economic Development Director, D’arcy Main-Boyington and Tanya Pereira, economic development specialist, and others were all interviewed for the film.

Innovision, a video production firm from Houston, sent three people to Maine to make the documentary.

“We’ll pitch it to the History Channel or the Discovery Channel” once finished, Mays said.

A copyright story from the Bangor Daily News, Friday, August 15, 2008.

**Bob Gaspard of Innovision Communications, Inc., films the production activities at Cianbro’s Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer.