Investment in Halifax Shipyard Creates New Jobs

March 1, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

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The Nova Scotia government's decision to invest $20 million to modernize the Halifax shipyard will create jobs for marine workers and ensure the yard can successfully bid on future contracts, CAW Atlantic area director Les Holloway says.

"This is a tremendous step forward for marine workers and the local community that is the result of many years of hard work and the establishment of the CAW's shipbuilding campaign, which for years highlighted the importance of reinvigorating the Canadian shipbuilding industry," said Holloway.

Premier Darrell Dexter said the investment in the Irving owned yard is a repayable loan that will help secure a stronger future. New investment in wharves, cranes, fabrication areas and office upgrades will provide jobs for workers and suppliers across the province.

"This investment will not only improve infrastructure at the shipyard and create jobs during construction, it will help the shipyard modernize its facility so it will stay competitive and able to bid on more contracts in the future," Dexter said February 25.

"On behalf of the members of Local 1, I want to thank the province for its support of these important improvements," said Karl Risser, President of CAW/Marine Workers Federation Local 1. "There are many of us whose roots go deep at this shipyard and this news is the best signal to the next generations of shipyard workers."

In the fall of 2009, the Halifax Shipyard landed a contract worth $219 million to build nine mid-shore patrol vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard.


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