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State, local officials plan for Bushmaster's departure
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WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor Baldacci says he plans to visit employees of Bushmaster Firearms in Windham later this month to talk about their future, now that the company has announced it will be closing the plant at the end of March.

State Senator Bill Diamond, who met with the governor Tuesday, says those employees could be retrained for other industries, but with any luck, the town will be able to attract a new manufacturer into Bushmaster's 60,000 square foot building.

Dick Dyke, who sold Bushmaster to The Freedom Group in 2006, still owns the building where the company is housed. He tells NEWS CENTER that his goal is to have a new company in that building when Bushmaster's lease expires in July, even if it means investing in that business himself.

Bushmaster employs 73 people at its Windham facility.

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