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Marinette Receives $811,523 Grant For Streets, Spur Work
Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday, Oct. 25, that the city of Marinette is being awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $812,523 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportations contribution toward the reconstruction of two city streets, sidewalks, street signal and rail spur rehabilitation project. The improvements will provide safe and efficient transportation means to accommodate the business expansion of Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), which is the citys largest employer.
The grant was presented at a ceremony held at MCC on Friday, Oct. 25 by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleeflisch and DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb. Also attending were State Rep. John Nygren (R) Marinette, State Sen. Dave Hansen (D) Green Bay and Marinette City Council members.
This TEA grant will help retain 1,000 jobs and create 136 direct jobs at MMC, while supporting another 1,182 indirect jobs. The street improvement project includes upgrading Ely Street near the intersection with Main Street; reconstructing Mann Street; changing the intersection configuration at Ely and Main streets; and rehabilitating the Escanaba and Lake Superior (E&LS) railroad spur that serves MMC.
The railroad spur when completed will save MMC about $100,000 per LCS ship in the transportation of steel to the shipyard. Each ship requires about 300 tons of steel.
Currently MMC has about 1,400 employs and is expected to hire an additional 150 workers over the next six months.
The $812,523 TEA grant represents approximately 25 percent of the more than $3 million construction project. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the city of Marinette. The construction project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.
The USS Milwaukee LCS is to be christened in December Work on two more LCS is scheduled to begin in 2014.
MMC is expanding its ship building business in Marinette. The corporation has a new contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to build 10 combat ships for the Navy by 2020. MMC is investing $73.5 million in its Marinette manufacturing facility.
Since its start in 1987, Wisconsins TEA grant program has invested more than $93 million in 333 projects, supporting the creation or retention of more than 80,000 jobs around the state.