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December 18, 2009

Donjon takes over Port Erie shipyard

Hillside, N.J., based Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., has created Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, LLC ("DSR").

It will operate from the Erie, Pa. shipyard through an agreement with the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority and the acquisition of the assets of the former Erie Shipbuilding, LLC.

DSR will engage in shipbuilding and repair at the 44-acre site on Lake Erie, Pennsylvania.

The acquisition adds shipbuilding and repair to Donjon's existing spectrum of marine services, including dredging, salvage, heavy lift and towing.

DSR's facility, equipped with a 1,250 feet by 120 feet by 22 feet dry dock, is the largest shipyard of its kind on the Great Lakes. The facility includes 4,000 feet of pier space and more than 200,000 square feet of production area, with fully enclosed fabrication and assembly buildings housing fully automated cutting, fabrication and coating equipment sufficient to build and maintain everything from deck barges to ocean-going ships.

Donjon President and CEO Mr. J. Arnold Witte remarked, "Donjon is pleased that our expansion into shipbuilding in Erie will bring additional jobs to the area and we look forward to share our continued growth and success through DSR."


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