Maritime juggernaut

Posted on Jun 1, 2021 :: Editor
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Jan Allman’s enthusiasm for her job as CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine is palpable. Whether discussing the new Constellation-class frigate the company is building or improvements FMM is making to its shipyards in Marinette and Sturgeon Bay, you can tell she’s proud of the work done 365 days a year to provide the U.S. Navy with its latest ships.

The frigate isn’t just a big deal for FMM. The estimated $5.5 billion contract benefits the entire region as the company adds employees, who increase local spending, and uses its subcontractors in Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, which takes the economic impact beyond the cities where Fincantieri runs its shipyards.

Allman views the frigate as the start of a new chapter in the company’s history, as improvements at the manufacturer’s facilities will help it become one of the nation’s top shipyards. Turn to my cover story starting on page 22 to learn more about FMM’s frigate project and what it means for the region.

Change is a part of life, but what about when change happens at the top of an organization? Communication and deliberate succession planning can take what could be a stressful situation and turn it into one where business continues to run smoothly. In this month’s Insight Insider on page 29, Jessica Thiel explores what organizations need to have in place for a successful plan.

Employers, especially those looking to fill open tech positions, say they can’t find qualified talent. A program launched by New North, Inc. pairs gener8tor’s knowledge of accelerator programs with LinkedIn Learning courses to train unemployed and underemployed individuals, with a special emphasis on underrepresented populations, for in-demand jobs. Learn more about this innovative program, which is now being rolled out elsewhere in the nation, in Jessica’s technology feature starting on page 34.

The last 15 months have been challenging for many businesses, but as summer arrives, take some time to visit your favorite retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues (while following health and safety protocols) and thank them for sticking it out. 

An extra dose of Insight

Watch Jan Allman, CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, discuss the shipyard’s continued growth.

Allman’s video is one of many you will find online at

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