Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Stupak, Kagen Announce Navy Contract for MarinetteMarine

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 by

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STUPAK, KAGEN ANNOUNCE NAVY CONTRACT
FOR MARINETTE MARINE

March 2, 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. that will allow Marinette Marine to begin acquiring materials for the construction of a new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The amount of the Navy’s contract award is considered source selection information by the Navy and will not be made public at this time. However, Stupak and Kagen have spoken with Marinette Marine officials who have indicated the contract award is sufficient to prevent layoffs previously announced to take place on March 15.

“While we wait for the remainder of the LCS contract to be finalized, I am pleased the Navy has taken action to sustain the current workforce at Marinette Marine and begin construction of the LCS,” Stupak said. “This enables Marinette Marine to preserve its production capability and, most importantly, prevents layoffs scheduled to occur later this month.”

“I am working hard to keep and create jobs in Marinette and throughout Northeast Wisconsin,” Kagen said. “Congressman Stupak and I have urged the Navy at every opportunity to continue their relationship with Marinette Marine, allowing the workers there to build great ships just as they have been for generations. This is good news for this community and hopefully the beginning of more good news to come.”

Stupak and Kagen noted that Congress approved $1.02 billion for the Navy to purchase two Littoral Combat Ships for Fiscal Year 2009. They also reminded the Navy of Marinette Marine’s role in the development of the LCS and of the jobs on the line in their districts while the fate of the LCS contracts remains unknown. On Sept. 18, 2008, Marinette Marine delivered the first LCS to the U.S. Navy. Lockheed Martin has submitted a bid to build an additional LCS at Marinette Marine.

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