MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers commended the U.S. Navy for their announcement today that they have selected Wisconsin’s Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard to build a class of up to 10 multi-mission guided-missile frigates (FFGs) for the Navy’s FFG(X) program.
This announcement follows a $31 million commitment from the state as part of the 2019-21 state budget in the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard to support worker training and infrastructure development to meet the navy’s manufacturing expectations. This included a $29 million investment through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Harbor Assistance grant program for the Port of Marinette.
“This is great news, not only for the folks at Marinette Marine, but for the entire Marinette community and state economy,” said Gov. Evers. “This expansion will allow Marinette Marine to continue to support thousands of family-supporting jobs and grow our workforce in northeast Wisconsin. I’m proud of the work that was done at the local, state, and federal levels to make this happen, and look forward to Marinette Marine being part of the Wisconsin family for generations to come.”