Panama City, Fla., headquartered Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) has been honored as “Manufacturer of the Year” by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a Bay County company that contributes to the local economy while exhibiting excellence in leadership, performance, profitability, and workforce relations.
ESG is currently the largest private employer in Bay County and has approximately 1,300 contract and full-time employees at its three main shipbuilding facilities. The company reports that it is in a growth mode and hiring qualified individuals in nearly every area of the business
Joey D’Isernia, President of ESG accepted the award on Friday, September 17, at the Industry Appreciation Celebration (IAC) Awards Breakfast. The IAC shines a spotlight on companies that help boost the economy and improve the quality of life in Bay County.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for our economic contributions by our community. We wouldn’t be here without the support of Bay County. We owe our success to our strong company culture combined with our skilled and committed workforce. In the face of unimaginable obstacles, they have shown incredible resilience and commitment to getting the job done,” said D’Isernia.
ESG is a leading innovator in marine construction and repair, utilizing both conventional assembly methods and modular construction. The sizable fleet of over 350 Eastern-built vessels can be found from coast to coast and around the world. ESG recently built the latest fleet of iconic Staten Island Ferries and serves as the prime contractor for the U.S. Coast Guard’s highest acquisition priority, the Heritage Class Offshore Patrol Cutter.