STUPAK, KAGEN ANNOUNCE AWARD OF LCS CONTRACT
March 23, 2009
|Washington, DC — U.S. Congressmen Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) and Steve Kagen (D-Appleton) announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. for construction of a new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) at Marinette Marine. The Navy’s third LCS – the USS Fort Worth – will be the second LCS built by Marinette Marine and is expected to prevent all pending layoffs at the company.
“The award of the LCS-3 contract is a huge economic boost not just to Marinette Marine and the surrounding communities, but also to the 40 companies across Northern Michigan who provide parts and services for the project,” Stupak said. “This contract will help sustain the local workforce and will further strengthen Marinette Marine’s position as an integral part of the LCS program, hopefully leading to more contracts and more jobs down the road.”
"I’ve been working hard with my colleague Bart Stupak to bring our tax dollars back home to our communities – and today the results show,” Kagen said. “The Navy rewarded the employees at Marinette Marine with an LCS contract that provides a tremendous economic boost to all of our communities while at the same time defending our nation. Congratulations to the hard working employees at Marinette Marine. The U.S. Navy realizes that you build great ships and is willing to invest in your great efforts.”
According to Marinette Marine, the LCS-3 contract will prevent the more than 200 previously announced layoffs and another 100 that were being considered. The 170 employees laid off in the fall will not be recalled as a result of the contract, but it does open the door to their recall once additional commercial contracts are received by Marinette Marine.
The LCS-3 contract awarded to Marinette Marine is one of the two LCS contracts the Navy is expected to award this year. Because the cost of building the LCS-3 will be part of the evaluation criteria for ships to be awarded in Fiscal Year 2010, the actual value of the LCS-3 contract is considered source-selection sensitive information and is not being released by the Navy. Stupak and Kagen noted that Congress approved $1.02 billion for the Navy to purchase two Littoral Combat Ships for Fiscal Year 2009.