July 16, 2008
Owners determined to get Washburn & Doughty back to work
Owners Bruce Washburn and Bruce Doughty are determined to get Washburn & Doughty up and running as rapidly as possible.
The East Boothbay, Maine, yard was destroyed by fire Friday.
A statement posted on the company's website and signed by Bruce H. Doughty, President, and Bruce Washburn, Vice President, thanked firefighters who had fought the blaze and said: "Now we begin the challenge of restoring Washburn & Doughty to its full operation as quickly as possible."
The statement said "work will resume immediately on the vessels and component structures that were unaffected by the fire. We will also work to assist the Fire Marshal and Traveler's Insurance Company in their investigations in order to expedite the clean-up operation."
"We will do everything in our power to rebuild the company and continue to maintain the quality shipyard that has been ongoing since 1977," the statement concluded.
Maine Governor John E. Baldacci visited the yard Tuesday afternoon to meet with management and employees and offer assistance to put boatbuilders back to work at the facility as soon as possible.
"This is the worst fire damage I have ever seen," Governor Baldacci said as he looked at the steel remains on the waterfront. "I just cannot believe it."
Governor Baldacci toured the area with Bruce Washburn and Bruce Doughty.
He met with workers and told them that he would work to make sure they are taken care of. Officials from the Department of Labor and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) have been on site since Friday, offering assistance to the workers.
"It is most important that there was no loss of life," the Governor said. "But we need to dust ourselves off, get to work, and make sure that these workers are taken care of. They are our first priority."
Governor Baldacci, Department of Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman, DECD Commissioner John Richardson, Finance Authority of Maine Acting Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Bordowitz, other State officials and representatives from Maine's Congressional Delegation met with Washburn and Doughty management after touring the damage to discuss a plan for moving forward. The Governor intends to work with various State departments to assist the company in its rebuilding efforts in any appropriate fashion.