Taking It To The Next Level

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 :: Up Front
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

The North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance, a regional shipbuilding industry sector partnership involving seven marine manufacturers and three higher educational institutions, has launched a new website – www.northcoastmma.org – to further promote the region as a premier place to purchase a ship, yacht or boat.

Last September, ACE Marine LLC, Bay Shipbuilding Corporation, Burger Boat Company, Cruiser Yachts, Marinette Marine Corporation, Marquis Yachts, and Palmer Johnson joined together with Lakeshore Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and University of Wisconsin – Marinette to form the partnership.

The purpose of the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance is to convene ship/yacht/boat manufacturers to work in partnership with workforce development, educational institutions, economic development and labor.

“It made sense for us to get together as a group to help define this core curriculum that would help train our future employees,” says Mark Spicknall, alliance chair and director of production control at Marinette Marine Corp.

The creation of the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance and its website were made possible by an Industry Sector Partnership Convening Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The Bay Area Workforce Development Board served as grant administrator and provided staff services to the Alliance.