Eastern Shipbuilding to Hire Hundreds to Build Supply Vessels

Eastern Shipbuilding went before the Bay County Commissioners Tuesday in a hearing on whether the company qualified for tax breaks offered by the state to encourage jobs creation.

The company brought good news for people looking for work in Bay County.

In addition to the 300 new jobs announced last spring, a new contract with Eastern Shipbuilding will bring the total to 500 new jobs in the area for years to come.

Eastern Shipbuilding previously announced a contract with Boldini SA of Brazil to construct five platform supply vessels for the Brazilian oil fields. The contract will result in 300 well-paid jobs for three-and-a-half years. The company has already filled 60 of those positions and will continue hiring in 2012.

In addition, a new contract with Hornbeck Offshore will find Eastern Shipbuilding constructing an additional eight 300-foot offshore supply vessels, with the option to build even more. Eastern said that contract brings the total need for additional employees up to 500 for several years to come.

The Bay County Commission approved an ad valorem property tax exemptions that will allow Eastern Shipbuilding to expand their facility by adding four new Manitowoc cranes, two Grove RT 765 cranes, one AKawasaki KS 80 ZV and one Kobeleo excavator. All that equipment will be used to complete the contracts.

"We are grateful for the consideration and support shown by the commission and look forward to expanding our business in Bay County," the company said in a statement.

People interested in submitting employment applications to Eastern Shipbuilding can call Bob Babb, human resources manager, at 850-522-7411. A list of jobs and an application are available on the company's website at www.easternshipbuilding.com.

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