The steel shipbuilding facility, whose groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, will add to Austal USA's aluminum construction operations and accommodate lean manufacturing processes, the company said Monday.
The project is a part of a $100 million investment effort by Austal USA and the U.S. government to build a capability for steel shipbuilding operations.
"Todayâ€™s ground-breaking marks the start of construction of facilities that will enable Austal USA to build the next generation of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guardsâ€™ ships," said Paddy Gregg, CEO at Austal USA.
According to the company, it handed over 24 vessels to the Navy in the past nine years.
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