P.A.T. Products, an international distributor of specialty chemicals, plastic and raw materials, has been based in Bangor for 39 years.
Leo Coyle, the company’s president, told the Bangor Daily News he is moving the company’s corporate headquarters to the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H., because of that state’s more attractive tax structure and to be closer to his markets.
Maine has a “far less than friendly business environment, and that’s clear, no matter what our friend Mr. LePage puts out there,” he said Wednesday morning. “On several levels, I regret leaving the Bangor area, but from a purely economic point of view it doesn’t make sense to stay here any longer.”
As a national and international distributor, Coyle said he and his employees travel a great deal. He estimates his company will save as much as $15,000 a year alone on lower airfares out of Boston, Manchester, N.H., and Portland.
P.A.T. Products currently employs seven people in Bangor, Coyle said, with no plan for immediate layoffs.
While the company will move its headquarters to Portsmouth, some small manufacturing activities will remain in Bangor for the time being, Coyle said.
The news of P.A.T. Products’ planned move was first announced in a news release from the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.
Coyle was unaware of the release’s existence. Though he confirmed the company was moving, he contradicted a statement in the release that the company planned to hire six people in New Hampshire in the next year.
Having lived in Maine for 40 years, Coyle said he naturally felt conflicted about moving the company.
“I’m not trying to bash Maine,” he said, adding that it’s a great place to raise children. But during his 40 years living in the state, he said he has become frustrated by what he sees as Maine’s attitude toward business and industry.
“Until the state of Maine gets their act together, there’ll be more and more and more people leaving. I’ve been watching it for 40-plus years. What do I see? I see people saying they can’t take it anymore. I’m not alone,” he said. “The Legislature down in Augusta? I watch them try to attract businesses, and people will not go there because of the tax structure. The Legislature doesn’t have sense enough to give large industry a tax break.”