08.19.14

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Visits Marinette Marine

“I will continue to fight for the LCS program because it employs thousands of hardworking Wisconsinites and helps meet our national security needs.”

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today visited Marinette Marine to tour the shipyard and meet with Marinette Marine Corporation President and CEO, Jan Allman, and Lockheed Martin Vice President of Littoral Ship Systems, Joe North.

Baldwin is a strong supporter of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, which employs thousands of Wisconsinites and helps meet our national security needs.

Jan Allman, President and CEO of Marinette Marine Corporation, said "Senator Baldwin has been a tremendous supporter of the Littoral Combat Ship program which is vital to the Marinette Marine Corporation and community of Marinette, Wisconsin, where we build the ships. On behalf of the talented, hard-working employees of Marinette Marine, we are grateful for her commitment to our local economy and national security,"

In the U.S. Senate, Baldwin has worked with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure the Senate Appropriations subcommittee fully funded three ships and included an additional $80 million in advanced procurement for a fourth LCS. The Senate action is an important improvement over the House position, which funded only two ships and would cause disruption in the workforce.

“Wisconsin is home to one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation, including a strong shipbuilding industry with a history of success providing ships for our nation’s defense. I have fought for this defense program because it employs thousands of hardworking Wisconsinites and positively impacts not only the local community but has a ripple effect across the state -supporting Wisconsin jobs and nearly one hundred Wisconsin companies supplying parts to build the LCS at Marinette Marine,” said Baldwin. “As we move forward in the process, I will continue to fight for the LCS program because it strengthens both our Wisconsin economy and our national security.” 

The LCS program has 2,000 direct jobs in Wisconsin alone and 93 Wisconsin companies supply parts and help build the Littoral Combat Ship at Marinette Marine.

Joe North, Vice President for Littoral Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin, said "Our industry team appreciates the incredible support Senator Baldwin has shown for the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program. She's worked tirelessly with her colleagues on Capitol Hill to gain their backing, and we look forward to continuing to deliver these critical national security assets to the U.S. Navy."