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Salvadore Menoyo (Photo: The Great Lakes Towing Company)

Menoyo Joins Great Lakes Towing Company in VP Role

The Great Lakes Towing Company (GLT) has hired Salvadore Menoyo for its business development team.Sal has been named Vice President-Special Projects, reporting to Joe Starck, President of GLT. He will be based in Jacksonville, Fla. and use his extensive experience and expertise to identify, develop and manage new business opportunities on the East Coast, including the Gulf and Puerto Rico. In this new role, Menoyo will work with internal and external customers and build relationships with partners and other prospects to bring value and growth to the company.Menoyo, an operations and commercial veteran

(Photo: Heddle Shipyards)

Heddle Shipyards Welcomes Mohawk College Students for Skills Program

Canadian ship repair and construction company Heddle Shipyards has teamed up with Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario for the Try-A-Trade: Ship Repair and Fabrication Program.The training program through Mohawk College covers technical skills development, health and safety training, literacy and basic skills assessment, as well as employability skills development.Students will then complete an eight-week paid placement at Heddle Shipyards, rotating through departments like blasting and painting, steel/welding, and mechanical, gaining hands-on experience under skilled mentors.Heddle has welcomed 12

Milwaukee’s new Port Director Jackie Carter takes her oath of office. (Photo: Port Milwaukee)

Carter Sworn In as Milwaukee Port Director

The City of Milwaukee’s new Municipal Port Director officially took office on Thursday during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. Mayor Cavalier Johnson appointed Jackie Q. Carter in January, and the Milwaukee Common Council confirmed her appointment earlier in February.In this position, Carter will direct commercial and recreational operations at Port Milwaukee, oversee a staff of twenty people, and administer Foreign Trade Zone No. 41. Carter is the first woman, and the first person of color, to serve as Director of Port Milwaukee.A lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Carter has worked in the

From left: Tristan Barnett and Jackson Dagata (Photo: Crowley)

Two Great Lakes Maritime Academy Cadets Awarded Crowley Scholarships

Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) cadets Tristan Barnett and Jackson Dagata for their achievements and interest in maritime careers.Named in honor of former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas B. Crowley Sr., the scholarship benefits promising maritime students. While earning their bachelor’s degrees at GLMA, both Barnett and Dagata also participated in Crowley’s cadet shipping program where they worked aboard Crowley vessels.A junior at GLMA who is on track to graduate with a degree in maritime

Jared Newcombe (Photo: Heddle Shipyards)

Heddle Shipyards Hires Newcombe as Chief Strategy Officer

Heddle Shipyards, the largest Canadian ship repair company on the Great Lakes, said it has hired Jared Newcombe as Chief Strategy Officer.Newcombe, an accomplished shipyard executive with over 30 years of experience in the industry, began his career and held various management positions at Irving Shipbuilding. In 2013 he joined Chantier Davie as Chief Operating Officer and then served as Chief Executive Officer from 2016 to 2019."I have spent my entire career in Canadian shipyards, and I am excited to join Heddle at a time when the company is on the verge of revitalizing the shipbuilding industry

Tyrone Walker (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority)

Walker Named to Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board

and became a journeyman. His latest focus with Lakehead includes Husky Energy’s Superior Refinery rebuild project.“We are excited that Commissioner Walker is joining our board of commissioners,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “We have a great board – the commissioners are very engaged and represent a broad spectrum of business concerns. Commissioner Walker brings an important union and labor perspective to the board.”The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is an independent public agency created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1955

Great Lakes Region Creates 132K+ Maritime Jobs

According to a new study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of Transportation Institute (TI), the Jones Act continues to fuel a strong maritime industry throughout the Great Lakes region, where the PwC report shows 123,670 Jones Act-related jobs – or 20% of the national total – are based.Between 2011 and 2016, maritime employment in the region increased by 25,400 jobs. Overall, the industry generates $30 billion of economic activity and $8.45 billion in worker income in the eight Great Lakes states.“With our Great Lakes and rich maritime history, it’s no

Dean Lembke (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority)

Duluth Seaway Port Authority Names Lembke Facilities Manager

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has hired Dean Lembke as its new facilities manager. He will serve as the agency’s liaison with tenants, service and government agencies, private contractors and other property users to derive safe and efficient use of all Port Authority-owned land, structures, equipment and other assets.Lembke will be responsible for establishing cost-effective, environmentally sound asset-management programs for all Port Authority properties. He also will work closely with the executive director and CFO on long-range planning with regard to capital improvement programs and new

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Port of Duluth-Superior Generates $1.4 bln and 8,000 Jobs

port also generated a total of nearly $240 million in federal/state tax revenues.The full report for the Port of Duluth-Superior, released by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, spotlights local port activity gleaned from a much broader study released last month about the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway (GLSLS) system conducted by Martin Associates.Some 35 million tons of iron ore, coal, limestone, salt, cement, grain, steel, wind turbines, and heavy machinery move through the Port each year, helping to keep businesses running in adjoining states and in communities along the

Great Lakes Shipping Supports 237,000 Plus Jobs

The new study by the Department of Transportation Great Lakes - Saint Lawrence Seaway says that shipping  supports more than 237,000 jobs and billions in economic activity.A year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made by the Great Lakes Seaway system to federal, state/provincial and local economies.The study reports that in 2017 maritime commerce supported: 237,868 jobs, $35 billion in economic activity, $14.2 billion in personal income and local consumption

Thomas Rigolo (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

Great Lakes Group Announces New Management Hires

The Great Lakes Group announced recent new hires to the company’s management team: Thomas Rigolo – Shipyard General Manager; Kirsten Buccigrossi – Director, Marketing & Communications; and Emery Eiber – Quality, Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (QHSSE) Manager.Tom Rigolo is a senior shipbuilding executive with more than 25 years of experience gained from hands-on engineering and high-level leadership roles at several U.S. shipyards. Rigolo is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and has a Bachelor of Science in Naval

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Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard to Hire 100

The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have announced plans to hire 100 employees before the end of January 2018 to support continued growth driven by client demand.   The company said it is seeking candidates to fill a wide range of positions, including shipyard welders, shipfitters and more.   “At The Towing Company, we’re looking for great people to join our team,” said Joe Starck, the company’s president. “We are committed to hiring a diverse team of people – providing employees with a unique opportunity to learn and develop

Bruce Burrows (Photo: CMC)

Burrows Named President of Chamber of Marine Commerce

experience advocating on behalf of the transportation sector and his collaborative leadership style will be a significant asset to our newly merged association,” said Wayne Smith, Chair of the CMC.  “An efficient regulatory climate is central to continued investment by industry in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and our coastal communities. Building strong relationships with North American government, business and community stakeholders will be paramount to achieving that goal.”   Burrows started his career at Canadian Pacific holding successively senior roles in the areas

Rod Jones (left) and Louis Martel (right) (Photo: CSL Group)

CSL Head Rod Jones to Retire

nine years as president and chief executive officer. Louis Martel, currently CSL International president and CSL Group executive vice-president, will assume the role of chief executive officer effective April 1, 2017.   During his three decades at CSL, Jones helped to transform what was a Great Lakes focused shipping business into the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships, expanding beyond Canada and the Americas to Australia, Asia and Europe.    Martel joined Canada Steamship Lines as a naval architect in 1997 and transferred to CSL Americas in 2003

Kevin Kyle (Photo: Northern Lights)

Northern Lights Hires Great Lakes/Inland Waterways Manager

Marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) has appointed 35-year industry veteran Kevin Kyle as Area Manager for the Great Lakes and Inland Waterways Region.   Kyle will serve the needs of boat builders, architects, captains and end users of Northern Lights and Technicold products in the region. The market area includes commercial, military and government vessels, private yachts and trawlers, in both the United States and Canada.   Kyle brings a variety of marine industry experience to the NLI team. Previously, he held positions as a

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple, simultaneous shipyard projects with budgets up to $1 billion, as well as responsibilities for more than 400 maritime professionals and production tradesmen including: Design, engineering, welding and pipefitting, electrical, painting, carpentry and more. The breadth of Skeeter’s management experience ranges from

Michael Burnes (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

Great Lakes Group in 2016 Hiring Push

Facing continued growth driven by client demand, the Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have together added 20 new employees in Q1 2016 and are looking to hire an additional 50+ employees before the end of Q4 2016. “We’re looking out for the future,” said the company’s president, Joe Starck. “We’re strategically focusing our efforts on finding, developing and training a team of professionals for a growing workforce to successfully accomplish the contracts we have now, and the potential contracts we are working on. This starts with hiring world-clas

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