Following its receipt of a $144.6 million U.S. Navy contract to build two steel-hulled Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships (T-ATS), shipyard Austal USA has contracted with local Alabama steel provider SSAB Americas to provide steel for the new ships. The supplier partnership directly supports hundreds of jobs in the greater Mobile area at both Austal and SSAB.
Austal will source various strength and sized steel plates from SSAB capable of being cut, shaped, welded, and fitted to meet its ship construction needs.
“SSAB not only provides us with quality steel, but also great flexibility due to its location adjacent to us here in Mobile, Ala.,” Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh said. “The ability to work quickly and in-person with them on current and future steel requirements by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard is an asset to Austal that will support our business and economic growth in our community.”
“Austal USA is a respected and valued partner to SSAB Americas,” said Jeff Moskaluk, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at SSAB Americas. “Our participation in such an important and vital project, that will strengthen both the economic and national security of our country, makes this partnership even more meaningful. We are proud to work closely with Austal USA and demonstrate the service, quality and value that is delivered from an interconnected and local supply chain here in Alabama.”