MARINETTE -150 more jobs will soon be added at Marinette Marine Corp.
And the ship builder says it is all because of a grant from the Department of Transportation.
It's a transportation economic assistance grant.
It totals more than $812 thousand.
What that means is better streets and rail roads leading into the ship yard, which the Marinette marine CEO says saves money.
With a new combat ship poised to be launched as the USS Milwaukee, and nearly half a dozen others ships in production, Marinette Marine CEO Chuck Goddard says his company's hiring.
“The additional 150 folks that we will be hiring here over the next four to six months will really be just to build up more war ships in construction. We have another two that we will be starting next year,” said Goddard.
The expanded crew of nearly 2000 workers is going to need tons of steel brought into the ship yard.
And that's where this $812 thousand Transportation Economic Assistance grant from the Wisconsin DOT comes in.
“We're able to provide it based upon the creation and retention of jobs that will be made possible by that infrastructure improvement. So it shows that linkage between jobs and our economy and great transportation and infrastructure.
Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch presented the check Friday.
It will cover up to 50 percent of the costs for the city of Marinette to repave roads around the ship yard with heavy-duty cement. And that is welcome news for city leaders.
“More and more employees, the traffic is pretty much congested. Without this grant, it would have been very, very hard for us to do the improvements to the road and put the lights up,” said David Buechler, the Marinette City Council President.
The money also rebuilt this railroad line, something Goddard says is vital to hauling in steel.
“It weighs almost 300 tons so by bringing it in by rail, it saves us almost $100 thousand per ship. So it's very, very important to us and it makes us more competitive in the future,” said Goddard.
A future that the country's fourth largest ship builder says it's ready to sail on.
The grant also paid for a sidewalk on the main road leading into the ship yard.
Goddard says it's safer for employees to get to work that way.
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