PORTLAND, Maine — Pittsfield-based Cianbro Corp. plans to hire 300 people in the coming weeks after bringing on 300 other employees earlier this year for construction work.

Cianbro President Andi Vigue said Tuesday morning most of the contracts driving the hiring are multi-year projects based in Maine.

The company said that it plans to hire workers in various construction trades for Maine projects including the replacement of the Sarah Long Bridge in Kittery, the installation of tissue machines at Woodland Pulp in Baileyville and the expansion of the International Marine Terminal in Portland.

“The Sarah Long Bridge project is the largest that [the Maine Department of Transportation] has ever built, and those don’t come every year,” Vigue said. “The tissue machine project is a large project as well, and it’s been awhile since a new [paper] machine has been built in Maine.”

The latest batch of hiring also includes work out of state, like a bridge repair contract in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and electrical substation work in New Hampshire.

Vigue said the 300 hires would give the company about 400 more employees than it had at the same time last year, at somewhere around 1,750 employees. That’s on par with the company’s employment in 2007, Vigue said, before the recession.

The company is seeking pipe welders, pipe fitters, millwrights, ironworkers and riggers, electricians, construction foremen in all trades, superintendents, carpenters, concrete specialists, mechanical foremen, schedulers and crane operators.

Vigue said that the job openings will be for a mix of skilled workers and entry-level positions. The company has a training program called the Cianbro Institute for training new employees.

People interested in the available jobs should call the company’s job line, 866-242-6276, the company said.

Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.