December 6, 2010
American Shipbuilding Association to be dissolved
The Board of Directors of the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) said today that the organization will be dissolved effective December 31, 2010.
The decision comes after a review of the organization's charter and changes in the industry landscape convinced the Board that another approach was needed to address the industry's issues in Washington.
"The structural changes underway in the U.S. shipbuilding industry and the recent decision by Cynthia Brown to step down as president of the Association have afforded the opportunity to take a hard look at the direction the industry needs to take in the months and years ahead to ensure our voice is heard in Washington and across the country," said Fred Harris, Chairman of American Shipbuilding Association. "We concluded that the American Shipbuilding Association had served its purpose and that in light of the structural changes occurring in the industry, a new approach was required going forward. What that approach will look like will be the subject of ongoing discussions among the membership."
ASA represented the largest U.S. Navy shipbuilders and had six shipyard members plus over 100 supplier members.