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August 31, 2009

Gulf Marine Repair rehires laid off workers

U.S. Representative Kathy Crosby (D.-Fla.) had some good news to announce at Gulf Marine Repair Corp. in Tampa, today. The ship repairer intends to rehire more than 100 employees who had been laid off in recent months. In addition, 50 new jobs will be created to handle a dry dock expansion being financed by a $4,159,857 grant under the recent round of Marad small shipyard grants made under the Recovery Act.

The shipyard had to reduce employment from 308 jobs in July 2008 to 140 last month, but prospects are looking up with new contracts over the next two fiscal quarters, company vice president Rick Watts told the Tampa Tribune.

The Marad grants will enable Gulf Marine to widen an 86.5 ft wide, 568 foot long dry dock by about 15 feet, enabling the yard to get repair contracts for larger vessels.

Three other Tampa shipyards are also getting Recovery Act funding--and they are also dedicated to adding new jobs says Rep.Crosby (D.-Fla.), who chose Gulf Marine Repair to announce a significant boost in jobs for Tampa's port community under the Recovery Act with money also heading to the Port of Tampa and the I-4/ Crosstown Connector

The other Tampa shipyards receiving grants are:

International Ship and Marine Services, Inc. -- $2,228,307 for dry dock life extension. International Ship is committed to adding to its current employee base of 231.

Tampa Ship LLC -- $2,270,172 for a panel line. Tampa Ship, with its 500 employees, is creating new jobs and is modernizing its shipyard.

Riverhawk Marine, LLC -- $1,290,246 for travelift and syncrolift control upgrades.


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