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Alabama gives Austral USA $5 million cash injection

Shipbuilder is expected to add up to 1,000 jobs at its Mobile, Ala. shipyard.


August 15, 2012
by The Canadian Press

MOBILE, Ala.: Alabama will provide $5 million and job training to Austal USA to help the shipbuilder add up to 1,000 jobs in Mobile.

Gov. Robert Bentley said the agreement calls for the state to provide $1 million a year for five years to help with the expansion of the Mobile complex. The company will also receive employee training through the Alabama Industrial Development Training program.

State officials said Austal is already planning to expand its workforce from 3,000 to 3,600. The agreement should boost it to 4,600.

The announcement came two months after Airbus announced plans for an aircraft assembly plant in Mobile that is supposed to employ 1,000 when it reaches full production in 2017.

Alabama’s agreement with Austal calls for it to construct an assembly bay, expand its outfitting yard and add other facilities.

“With this new project agreement, we are creating new jobs and new opportunities for the people of Alabama,” Bentley said.

Austal uses its Mobile shipyard to build ships for the US Navy. The company opened its Mobile operation in 1999 with about 100 employees and has grown rapidly since then. Last month, Austal completed a $200 million project that added more than 500,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space.

©The Canadian Press