September 12, 2006
Westport Shipyard to hire Gulf Coast shipyard workers
Washington State luxury yacht builder Westport Shipyard says it is ready to hire up to 100 qualified Gulf Coast marine manufacturing workers who have lost jobs as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
"The Gulf Coast has many highly skilled shipyard trade personnel who are now out of work. Our hearts go out to all the people who are suffering as a result of Hurricane Katrina," said Tami Higgins, vice president of administration for Westport Shipyard.
"As an employer, we want to do what we can to help those in need by offering an opportunity for good full-time jobs," Higgins said. "For those skilled in marine and related trades, we are happy to help them and their families relocate and settle here to become part of our Westport family. With the assistance of the community, we are putting together relocation packages. Several members of the shipyard team also have offered to open their homes to welcome our new teammates and help them get back on their feet."
"We'd like to give some of the families in those hardest hit areas a chance to start a new life in Washington state," said Daryl Wakefield, president of Westport Shipyard. "Most of those who survived the storm have lost their homes and their jobs, and there's a great potential that their skills would be a fit here at Westport Shipyard."
Westport Shipyard is specifically looking for workers who have experience in administration, production support, design, project management, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fiberglass lamination and painting, or aluminum welding and fabrication. Marine experience is preferred, but experience in RV, bus, aircraft or modular home manufacturing will also be taken into account. The shipyard is considering workers with experience in construction, assembly and other manufacturing-related fields as well.
Westport Shipyard describes itself as "the top luxury yacht maker in North America and No. 7 in the world."
It builds composite construction 112 foot and 130 foot yachts. A new 164 foot tri-deck yacht will debut next year and will be marketed internationally.