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Gunderson Marine to Open Trades Skills Training Center

I urge anyone with an interest in welding or shipbuilding to apply for the program."Gunderson Marine is known for building large articulated tug barges and has also built deck barges, dump scows, oil spill recovery vessels, crane barges and hopper barges. The company was acquired by Oregon Green Manufacturing in May 2023

Kenny Ballard and Lance Richardson (Photo: Wing Group)

New Leadership at Mustang Survival and Wing Group

Kenny Ballard has been appointed Mustang Survival’s new President, taking over responsibilities from Juanita Killen, who stepped into the role of Interim President in 2023. Additionally, Lance Richardson takes on the newly created role of VP, Manufacturing and Innovation for the Wing Group, Mustang Survival’s parent company.Ballard brings a wealth of experience from previous executive roles with renowned brands, including Osprey, SwissGear, Wenger Outdoor, Kelty, and, most recently, his own successful consulting firm. Having once worked at Mad River Canoe, Ballard returns to his roots by

Juha Kytölä, Director of R&D and Engineering, Wärtsilä. Image courtesy Wärtsilä

Interview: Juha Kytölä, Director of R&D and Engineering, Wärtsilä

, testing and validation, as well as the production for producing our engine products to the markets, both of the marine market but also on the land-based energy markets. It’s a fantastic facility, inaugurated in mid-2022, with a lot of modern facilities.Can you discuss the challenges in manufacturing and customer support while you’re planning for the future, a future that still has many questions, while supporting the legacy technology and those that rely on it?Climate regulation is pushing for continuous improvement, fuel efficiency, and also the fuels that are being used. Today the

Austal USA introduced Chris Orlowski as the company’s vice president of engineering. Photo courtesy Austal USA

Orlowski Named VP Engineering at Austal USA

, and other engineering support staff. Orlowski has more than 30 years of program and systems engineering leadership experience within the defense industry. He came to Austal USA from Northrup Grumman’s CIO Office – Mission Systems - where he was the director of engineering and manufacturing systems and infrastructure. He led a team of 250 employees focused on designing, developing, and deploying engineering and manufacturing solutions to support and advance product development.  Orlowski was a member of the Northrup Grumman team for over 20 years holding various leadership

Kent Young (Photo: GIT)

Kent Young Joins GIT Board of Directors

see us further expand our intellectual capabilities through Kent’s coatings expertise and leadership. We are excited to welcome Kent to GIT.”“On behalf of GIT’s Board, we are delighted to welcome Kent onboard. His experience in coating, new material development and advanced manufacturing brings tremendous value to GIT, and we look forward to working with Kent to accelerate the decarbonization of maritime shipping and better protect the world’s fragile marine ecosystems,” said Matt Stanley, partner, BDC Capital, ClimateTech Fund

Kevin Mooney and Ronald Rábago (Photo: Birdon)

Birdon Adds Two to its US Board

years, he led Irving Shipbuilding as President and held executive positions at General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego. Mooney has also served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of Workshops for Warriors, a non-profit organization providing manufacturing skills training to transitioning members of the Armed Forces.“Birdon is a growing company performing innovative work to equip America’s military with the maritime solutions they need to complete their vital responsibilities,” Mooney said. “I welcome the opportunity to

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Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Expands Partnership with Local Technical College

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. shipyard Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) is expanding its partnership with a local technical college in an effort to advance the maritime manufacturing industry and meet growing workforce demand within the region.In fall 2022, FBS and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) designed a specialized training program for FBS employees to advance their welding and ship/pipe-fitting techniques. Since the launch, 97 participants have successfully completed this five-week course offered through the NWTC Sturgeon Bay campus. This course serves as an entry point on a path to

Don Hairston (Photo: Austal USA Advanced Technologies)

Hairston Named GM of Austal USA Advanced Technologies

C5ISR, and maritime controls and cyber solutions to support, defend and protect critical national assets and infrastructure.In his role as GM of Advanced Technologies Hairston will lead Austal USA’s growing R&D portfolio to include support to the submarine industrial base and additive manufacturing program.“Don’s over 20 years of experience in the defense industry more than qualifies him to lead our advanced technology team,” said Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh. “Austal USA will benefit from his wealth of experience in executive management, engineering, domestic

Jonathan (Jon) Henkin has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer for Mack Boring & Parts Co. Image courtesy Mack Boring & Parts Co.

Mack Boring Names Henkin COO

Jonathan (Jon) Henkin has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer for Mack Boring & Parts Co.  Most recently Henkin was Director of Operations since 2010, and has led the integration of lean manufacturing principles into our operations, implemented his second ERP upgrade in 2020, planned and led a facility move from Union, NJ to Somerset, NJ and has been instrumental in the many systems Mack Boring has developed internally to manage its 400+ dealers and eight major product lines.Henkin joined Mack Boring in 1999, and he Jon earned a BS in Business from Boston College in 1996 and

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Career Moves: US Offshore Wind Powering Up

Center)NREL’s Workforce Assessment ReportAs noted in the main report NREL’s “U.S. Offshore Wind Workforce Assessment Report” was published last fall, October 2022.The report is a deep dive into workforce issues, both at-sea and within ports and staging areas. It also addresses manufacturing and supply chain issues.The report makes a series of recommendations – “Key Actions to Bridge Supply and Demands.” NREL suggests alignment between state and regional providers and industry requirements. Safety is a concern – the report states that “currently there

Austal USA promoted Chris Young to Vice President of Production Operations. Young, formerly Senior Director of Production, is a 26-year veteran of Austal with 19 of those years spent at Austal USA’s new construction manufacturing facilities in Mobile. Photo courtesy Austal USA

Young Named VP Production Ops at Austal USA

Austal USA promoted Chris Young to Vice President of Production Operations. Young, formerly Senior Director of Production, is a 26-year veteran of Austal with 19 of those years spent at Austal USA’s new construction manufacturing facilities in Mobile. Young’s tenure with Austal began immediately following school in Perth, Australia, when he joined the company as a structural engineering apprentice. Young was soon asked to travel to the US to join the Austal USA team as it stood up operations in Mobile, Ala. After a brief return to Australia, Young came back to Mobile in 2004 to assist

Josh Louviere (Photo: DSC Dredge)

DSC Dredge Names Louviere VP of Operations

in them, promoting from within and adding fresh perspectives. On April 23, 2023, DSC Dredge introduced Josh J. Louviere as vice president of operations. In his new role, Louviere will lead and oversee all aspects of the company’s operational activities. With over 16 years of experience in manufacturing and industrial equipment automation, Louviere spent the majority of his career leading operations in the manufacturing sector, including the General Manager of CPL Systems & Plant – N – Power. Louviere is a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the “Distinguished

The Executive Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, during the event held in Bilbao - ©Iberdrola

350 New Jobs: Haizea Bilbao to Supply Monopiles for UK's East Anglia Three Offshore Wind Farm

;s facilities in the Port of Bilbao. Also on Wednesday, the Basque First Minister Iñigo Urkullu, the Chairman of Haizea Wind Group Dámaso Quintana, and the Chairman of Iberdrola Ignacio Sánchez Galán, together with other authorities, laid the first stone of the new manufacturing facilities, which will require an investment of more than €150 million.Currently, Haizea Bilbao has 48,800 square meters and employs 500 workers. After signing this latest contract with Iberdrola, Haizea Bilbao’s plant will now be enlarged to over 200,000 m2. This expansion has

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Help Wanted: Build a New Industry

projections always include some uncertainty, of course. The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a report in September 2022 titled “US Offshore Wind Workforce Assessment.” The report breaks out employment across five sectors –DevelopmentManufacturing and supply chainPorts and stagingMaritime construction, and,Operations and maintenance.In a closer look at Ports and Staging NREL writes that terminal crews may not expand much because of OSW. The report cites 2018 data when U.S. ports generated 652,078 direct jobs. In 2024 new OSW jobs could

Paul Walker (Photo: TDI-Brooks International, Inc.)

TDI Names Walker Director of Lab Operations

and began establishing a PVT laboratory for the marriage of geochemical and engineering data.Weatherford International purchased both Humble and Baseline in 2007 and 2008 respectively, at which point Walker became the general manager of global geochemical operations, including instrument manufacturing (the Source Rock Analyzer), geochemical software/database development, and the newly acquired Interpretive Services Group (formerly OilTracers LLC). In 2018, Weatherford spun off the laboratory group to Stratum Reservoir where Walker began exploring new business development opportunities before

David Beerbohm (Photo: McDonough Marine Service)

McDonough Names Beerbohm VP of Maintenance

Metairie, La.-based marine transportation company McDonough Marine Service announced it has promoted longtime employee David Beerbohm to vice president of maintenance.For over 22 years, Beerbohm has been instrumental in leading the company's maintenance team, the company said.Before joining McDonough in 2000, Beerbohm help positions at Bollinger Shipyards and Boland Marine and Manufacturing.

Steven Clarke (Photo: Silver Ships)

Silver Ships Appoints Co-Owner Steven Clarke to CEO

more than 80% military focused to a more even cross-industry segmentation, with expansion into industries such as fire rescue and law enforcement."Since joining the team in 2015, I have had a passion for working to create and refine our business processes and continue to vertically integrate our manufacturing," Clarke said. "Through strategic hiring, employee development, marketing, and business development, we have invested in Silver Ships. This investment has had a direct impact to broaden our customer base and grow our revenues."Clarke began his career as a Data Analyst at the USDA

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