BANGOR (AP) – FairPoint Communications has met its hiring goal of 280 new workers in Maine, and the company expects that figure to grow by year’s end.

FairPoint originally said it would hire 125 workers apiece in Portland and in Bangor, with another 30 jobs scattered across the state. But the company now says the total number will climb to approximately 400 as the hiring process continues through the year.

The announcement was made during a news conference by FairPoint and Gov. John Baldacci in Bangor, where nearly 40 jobs have been added to FairPoint’s call center and finance department.

FairPoint completed its purchase of Verizon’s wired telephone lines and high-speed Internet service in northern New England on March 31. But the final “cutover date” where FairPoint assumes responsibility for the entire network is still months away.

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