FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
WASHINGTON – Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), U.S. Transportation Secretary, Elaine L. Chao, and MARAD Administrator Mark Buzby, for awarding $9.8 million in federal grants to support capital improvements and employee training projects at small shipyards across the United States.
“The U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry has created more than 400,000 family-waged jobs from coast to coast and contributes $25.1 billion in labor income and $37.3 billion in U.S. GDP. These grants will help build and grow one of America’s most innovative legacy industries,” said Matthew Paxton, president of SCA.
The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, help eligible shipyards modernize operations, improve efficiency and reap the benefits of increased productivity by investing in emerging technologies and a highly skilled workforce.
The following SCA member yards were awarded a combined $3,447,504 through the Small Shipyard Grant Program:
Vigor Alaska, LLC. of Ketchikan, AK
Jeffboat, LLC. of Jeffersonville, IN
National Maintenance and Repair of Kentucky
Philly Shipyard, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA
Boston Ship Repair, LLC. of Boston, MA
Detyens Shipyard, Inc. of North Charleston, SC
Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. of Norfolk, VA
Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. of Anacortes, WA
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Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes U.S. Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other U.S. government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America's fleet of commercial vessels. The Council represents 40 companies that own and operate over 82 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska, and Hawaii. SCA also represents 105 partner members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry. You can learn more by visiting www.shipbuilders.org.