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County Committee To Air Marinette Marine Request
Issue Date: March 8, 2018
In January, Jan Allman, President, CEO and General Manager of Fincantieri Marinette Marine told Marinette County Board about a pending opportunity to get a large new contract that would add 400 more jobs to the 1,500 people already employed at the shipyard in Marinette.
However, she said this would create a need for another $100 million investment in the Marinette shipyard. She asked for help in getting $15 to $20 million of local funding to help them compete for the 15-year military contract with other shipbuilding firms across the country.
At a 2 p.m. meeting on Monday, March 12, Marinette County Board's Economic Development and Tourism Committee will consider recommending a resolution addressing Allman's request for community financial support. If a resolution is approved by the committee their recommendation would then go to the full County Board for consideration, probably at its meeting on Tuesday, March 27.
Marinette Marine recently was awarded the design contract for four of the new ships, and the construction contract will likely be coming up for bids in the not too distant future.
Allman had told County Board in January that in addition to the 400 new jobs that will be directly created, the contracts she is hopeful of getting would have the potential to create over 3,000 additional indirect jobs in the local community and beyond.
Currently Fincantieri Marinette Marine payroll brings $460 million to the area each year in gross wages, and provides business for 800 major suppliers in 43 states. She said 67 percent of the Marinette Marine employees live in Wisconsin and 33 percent live in Michigan.
Allman told the board that since 2009, when Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) construction for the United States Navy began, Fincantieri has added 700 new jobs and spent over $103 million on new buildings in Marinette, doubling their indoor work space and adding other infrastructure improvements. They now have 6 acres of buildings on the site.
The proposed new investment would involve additional building space and equipments, including provisions for replacing the sideways launch of the completed ships into the Menominee River that is currently used.
The meeting is to include updates on the vacant position of Executive Director for Marinette County Association for Business and Industry (MCABI) and the City of Marinette's efforts to fill a marketing and tourism director position. The county has agreed to contract with the city for its tourism and marketing director to handle tourist promotion work for the county for one year at a cost not to exceed $90,000 for the year. However, that position, which would also handle promotion efforts for the city's nearly completed Community Sports and Event Center, remains vacant.
The committee also will discuss the possibility of submitting a READI Grant Application (Rural Economic Area Development Initiative) to the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Successful READI Grant applications bring state financial assistance for economic development projects in communities with fewer than 50,000 residents.