Governor Tony Evers is commending the U.S. Navy’s selection of Fincantieri Marinette Marine for their potentially multi-billion-dollar frigate contract and calling it a “natural fit”. The state has invested tens of millions of dollars into the local shipyard to better prepare them for the construction and launch of larger vessels like the FFG(X). Still, he says, it’s the people, not just the place, that set Marinette Marine apart from the other shipyards that were vying for the contract.
Building these new ships will be an all hands on deck effort and will lead to the creation of thousands more direct and indirect jobs in and around the shipyard. The next issue is where to house all those people and Evers says solving that will require swift innovation and collaboration between local governing boards and the state’s Housing and Economic Development Authority.
52% of work on the new class of frigates will be done at Marinette Marine while about 3% will be completed in Sturgeon Bay. In all, companies in eleven states will have a hand in constructing the ships.