MARINETTE, Wis. (WFRV) - Governor Tony Evers made his first appearance in Northeast Wisconsin since he officially became the newest Governor of Wisconsin.
Evers was at Marinette Marine on Thursday afternoon to announce $31 million in state dollars to support Marinette Marine's expansion. The funding is contingent on Marinette Marine's receipt of additional federal funds, but it will allow them to make additional improvements to expand its shipyard and compete for a $10 billion federal shipbuilding contract.
The shipyard expansion will ensure that Marinette Marine not only maintains a workforce of 1,500 employees, but can add an additional 400 full-time positions.
State Representative John Nygren of Marinette commented on Evers' commitment to making Marinette Marine part of his budget and a continued part of Wisconsin's economy.
"This investment will help Marinette Marine continue to compete on the world stage for years to come. It is critical to make investments in our shipbuilding industry to maintain its competitive edge.”
While the U.S. Navy announced plans to discontinue the procurement of the LCS (Littoral Combat Ship), Marinette Marine has been chosen to be part of the design of the newest Frigate Class ship for 2020.