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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 44. Robert Scott

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER Birdon America President Robert Scott stands in front of a U.S. Coast Guard motor lifeboat being overhauled at his company’s new Portland facility.

Last spring, Birdon America paid $5.2 million for two marinas in Portland, giving this American arm of an Australian defense contractor 31 acres along the Connecticut River.

This is where Birdon plans to build out a facility to fulfill a 10-year contract worth up to $203 million to refurbish the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of 47-foot-long rescue boats.

Birdon American President Robert Scott is leading that effort and aims to hire 37 employees by the close of 2023 for the Portland location. That includes new staff to help fulfill the Coast Guard contract and future marine contracts, as well as maintenance of the recreational marinas on-site.

Birdon has already spent millions repairing and retrofitting buildings, and will spend millions more on future projects. 

For example, it plans to add a 25,000-square-foot production building.

Scott joined Birdon in November 2021 to lead business strategy, future direction, performance and growth in the United States. Prior to that, he held a variety of executive management and operational roles with Bechtel Group Inc. 

He also had a 21-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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