Marinette shipyard nets $1.1M grant for upgrades
Fincantieri Marinette Marine received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration for upgrades to its shipyard, which will provide it with additional capacity to produce the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant and future ships.
Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s shipyard consists of 12 buildings and 550,000 square feet of production capability for its 1,500 employees. As part of the new facility upgrade, FMM plans to acquire and install three additional 100-ton bridge cranes in a new hull-erecting building that is in the engineering and design phase.
Fincantieri Marinette Marine is one of four shipbuilders working with the U.S. Navy to design the new guided missile frigate, known as FFG(X). The competition for the $1.2 billion initial design is expected to wrap up in late 2020, and the Navy wants to build 20 frigates in the next 10 years.
If Fincantieri Marinette Marine wins the competition for the future frigate, it would be a huge windfall for the Wisconsin economy and entire Midwest, as conservative estimates suggest a multibillion-dollar economic impact over the course of the program, according to Dario Deste, CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group. Most suppliers on Fincantieri’s frigate would be from the Midwest.
QComp Technologies to expand Greenville facility
QComp Technologies, a robotic systems integrator, is expanding its production facility in Greenville. An increased demand for robotic automation systems in the United States and Canada from new and existing clients drove the decision.
QComp provides robotic packaging systems, material handling systems and automation line integration to clients in several industries including food, glass, solar, consumer products, pharmaceutical, plastics, paper and metal.
“As the labor shortage continues, more companies are investing in robotic automation to meet their ‘hands-on’ assembly, production and packaging needs,” said Mark Wild, executive vice president, OwnersEdge Inc., the holding company for QComp. “Over the years, we’ve established a reputation as a leader that delivers robust, custom-engineered automation solutions to our clients.”
The 10,000-square-foot addition is scheduled to be complete this fall.
Salm Partners plans $35 million expansion
Salm Partners is building a new $35 million facility just east of Interstate 43 in Denmark that will eventually create 75 jobs.
The Boldt Co. in Appleton is building the new 65,000-square-foot facility on Hager Road, which will include a ready-to-eat sausage production line, blending and storage. The increased production capacity will allow Salm Partners to better serve its customers, said Salm Partners CEO Keith Lindsey.
Founded in 2004, Salm Partners produces private label fully cooked sausage and hot dog products for the nation’s leading brands and retailers. The company employs 450 between its Denmark and Alabama manufacturing facilities.
The White House honored Salm in 2012 as one of 46 rural manufacturing companies that have made outstanding contributions to the economy and job sustainability in their communities.