OXFORD COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A once successful and promising business is now shutdown and it's owner has been evicted by Oxford County.
The owner of Oxford Aviation was given until the end of the day to remove his belongings from the county owned building at the airport. The action is the result of a 6-month legal fight that started when county officials learned owner Jim Horowitz was not living up to the terms of his lease. It had nothing to do with rent, that was free.
"Responsibility of taking care of the building were with the tenant. There was never any evidence that that was happening. There were quarterly reports that needed to be filed, we never saw any of that", said County Administrator Scott Cole.
About 60-employees refurbished small and medium sized planes at the business, which started 25-years ago. The owner had twice announced expansion plans that never materialized. Once at Sanford Airport and once at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.