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Merchent Named CEO of VT Halter Marine

ST Engineering North America, Inc. announced Monday that Robert "Bob" L. Merchent has been named President and CEO of VT Halter Marine, Inc. He replaces outgoing President and CEO, Ron Baczkowski.Much of Merchent's career was spent at Ingalls Shipbuilding, where he advanced through multiple positions of ever-increasing responsibility, leading programs critical to both the business and the U.S. Navy, culminating his career there as the Vice President, Surface Combatants, Fleet Services and U.S. Coast Guard Programs.Merchent has a Bachelor’s of Science in business management from the

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Ingalls Shipbuilding to Host Drive-in Hiring Event

Job candidates looking to be employed by one of the United States' largest shipbuilders will be able to interview for a job without having to leave their cars.America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced Wednesday that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, Miss. will host a "drive-in hiring event" due to coronavirus restrictions. On Friday, May 22, from 9 a.m. until noon, potential hirees will have the opportunity to apply for open positions and speak to Ingalls recruiters and shipbuilders in person without

Teckie Hinkebein (Photo: HII)

Hinkebein Named Ingalls Media Manager

team,” said Jerri Dickseski, HII’s executive vice president of communications. “Her knowledge of media relations and marketing, existing relationships with local media and her deep roots in the Gulf Coast community give her a unique skill-set that we are excited to have at Ingalls Shipbuilding.”Hinkebein will serve as HII’s spokesperson for Ingalls Shipbuilding where she will focus on the division’s programs, people and capabilities by pitching stories and responding to media queries from local and trade media.Prior to joining HII, Hinkebein served as director

Ingalls Apprentice Graduation 2018 (Photo: HII)

110 Graduate Ingalls Shipbuilding Apprentice School

Sen. Hyde-Smith Tells 110 Ingalls Shipbuilding Apprentice School Graduates “You Will Play Such An Important Role For Our Nation”Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted a graduation ceremony on Saturday for the company’s apprentice program. Many different crafts were represented among the 110 graduates of the 2018 class.Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., delivered the keynote address, telling the graduates: “The success of our world-class shipbuilding programs is due to your professionalism and commitment to your craft and this country. I appreciate

Scott Weldon. Photo: HII

Shipbuilding: Weldon Named VP at HII Ingalls

Scott Weldon was promoted to vice president of supply chain management at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. In this role, Weldon will provide leadership to all Ingalls supply chain management functions, including sourcing, procurement, inventory control and material warehousing. He succeeds Lori Harper, who will retire on Aug. 1 after more than 15 years of service at Ingalls.   Weldon joined HII in 1998 and served in various leadership positions across the shipyard. Most recently, he served as chief procurement officer. He was named Instructor of the Year in 2017 for his work as an

Eric Crooker (Photo: HII)

Crooker Named VP at Ingalls Shipbuilding

Eric Crooker has been promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.Effective immediately, Crooker will have overall responsibility for contracts, estimating and pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Ingalls shipyard and will report to Tom Stiehle, Ingalls’ vice president, business management, and chief financial officer.Crooker succeeds Don Perkins, who will retire from Ingalls on July 1.Crooker joined HII in 2012 and served as a senior counsel at Ingalls. In 2017, he was promoted to director

Christie Thomas,  vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. (Photo: HII)

Shipbuilder HII Names Thomas VP Pricing, Contracts

Tom Johnston, who will retire on April 1.   Thomas will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Newport News shipyard and will report to Don Godwin, Newport News’ chief financial officer.   She joined HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in 2006 and has held director-level positions in supply chain management, business management, business development, and contracts and pricing. In 2017, she was promoted to corporate director of investor relations at HII’s corporate office. Prior to HII, Thomas spent 12 years

The Class of 2017 at Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School celebrates at their graduation ceremony (Photo: Andrew Young/HII)

Class of ’17 Graduates Ingalls Apprentice Program

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted a ceremony on Saturday for 123 graduates of its apprentice program. The class of 2017 graduates represent several classes of shipyard trades.   “You are each a vital member of the Ingalls Shipbuilding team that builds the most complex warships the world has ever known,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias told the graduates. “When you applied for this program, you were choosing to start down a path to becoming an Ingalls leader. As graduate apprentices, your bright future is full of

Amy Iveson (right), a benefits manager at HII, and Gabrielle Willis, a senior program coordinator at Interactive Health, display a plaque designating HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division as an American Diabetes Association “Health Champion.” (Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII)

Newport News Recognized for Encouraging Healthy Living

.”   In 2014, HII launched a major benefits and wellness initiative designed to provide its employees with health and wellness options beyond primary care physician visits. Part of this initiative involved opening HII Family Health Centers at the company’s Newport News and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. The Family Health Centers are operated by QuadMed, a third-party vendor, and are available to eligible employees and their dependents. These employees and dependents also have access to Teladoc, a telemedicine program that allows patients to talk to board-certified physicians via

Kimberly Nastasi (Photo: HII)

Ingalls Names Nastasi Director of Communications

Kimberly Nastasi has been named director of communications at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division. She will report to Jim McIngvale, who was recently named director of communications and public affairs.   Prior to joining Ingalls, Nastasi served as the chief executive officer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the executive director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She also served as an adjunct professor at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for eight years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in

Jim McIngvale (Photo: HII)

McIngvale to Lead Ingalls Communications, Public Affairs

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has named Jim McIngvale director of communications and public affairs. Ingalls has combined its communications department and its government and community affairs department into a single organization called communications and public affairs.   The new department will be responsible for Ingalls’ brand and image, both inside the shipyard and in the community. It will manage all internal communications programs, special events and audiovisual services and will coordinate external communications and media initiatives

Ed Hagar (center) accepted the Mississippi Business Journal's Healthiest Workplace Award on behalf of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Hagar, Ingalls’ manager of compensation, benefits and HRIS, is pictured with Tami Jones, associate publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal, and Murray Harber, executive director of the Mississippi Business Group on Health. (Photo: Bill Glenn/HII)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Named Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplace

 Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division took top honors in the Mississippi Business Journal’s Healthiest Workplace Awards, placing first in the mega large business category. The awards recognize employers throughout the state who strive to provide exceptional employee health and wellness programs and promote safe working environments.   “A company can only be as strong as its people,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “That is why Ingalls Shipbuilding is dedicated to providing multiple health and wellness services

Kari Wilkinson (Photo: HII)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Promotes Wilkinson, Duthu

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ ( HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced that Richard Schenk, vice president of program management, will retire on July 1 after 33 years of service. He will be succeeded by Kari Wilkinson, effective May 23. Ingalls also announced that Mike Duthu has been promoted to vice president, business development, effective immediately.   “Richard has made significant contributions to our past, current and future business objectives, and we owe him our gratitude and thanks,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “He has excelled in

Christopher D. Kastner (Photo: HII)

Leadership Changes at Huntington Ingalls Industries

oversight for segment business management, contracts and estimating and pricing. Kastner has more than 25 years of experience in the financial and business development arenas. Prior to being named to his current position in August 2012, he served as vice president and CFO for HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. He also served as vice president, business management, and CFO for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast and as vice president, contracts and risk management, for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. He began his career at Northrop Grumman working on the B-2 program and had various

Forty-five students representing various crafts graduated from Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Celebrates Apprentice Graduation

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) held a graduation ceremony Saturday for graduates of Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 45 students representing various crafts at Ingalls.   "Knowing that you've helped build these ships as they sail away and join the fleet should make you and your family proud—every day," said Capt. Joe Tuite, commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, the ceremony's featured speaker. "Every bolt, every hose and every pipe will have been carefully placed by you and the Ingalls team.

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Ingalls Shipbuilding Named a ‘Fit-Friendly’ Worksite

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been recognized by the American Heart Association for going above and beyond when it comes to employees' health. Ingalls maintained the association's Fit-Friendly Worksite status for the third consecutive year and the Platinum Fit-Friendly status for the second consecutive year.   "The American Heart Association is proud of the work of Ingalls Shipbuilding and is pleased to recognize Ingalls as a Fit-Friendly Worksite again this year," said Christin LeBoeuf, vice president of development for the American Heart

Ingalls Shipbuilding employees (left to right) Carlos Lett, Angela Woodruff, Sidni Wafler and Fred Howell accept two awards on behalf of the shipyard’s Talent Acquisitions team at this year’s DirectEmployers Annual Meeting and Conference. Ingalls won the overall award for VEVRAA compliance initiatives and the runner-up award for recruitment marketing campaigns. Photo courtesy of DirectEmployers

Ingalls Shipbuilding Honored for Veteran Hiring Initiative

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division was honored at the DirectEmployers Annual Meeting and Conference for its work hiring and promoting veterans. The shipyard's talent acquisition team won the overall award in the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) compliance initiatives category.   "We were honored to represent the Ingalls team in accepting this award," said Fred Howell, the manager of Ingalls' talent acquisition team. "Our team has received tremendous support in the arena of veteran hiring, and it was nice to be recognized.

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