The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, hosted its annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. this week and honored Senator Tammy Baldwin as a recipient of SCA’s prestigious Maritime Leadership Award. Sen. Baldwin is recognized as an exemplary leader in Congress who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and support of the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry. Overall the shipbuilding and repair industry, which provides more than 400,000 jobs nationwide, sustains the critical industrial base that enables the U.S. build and repair its own fleet of commercial and military vessels. “It is critically important that all Members of Congress and those in the Administration understand the vital role of the U.S shipbuilding and repair industry to U.S. national, economic and homeland security, and Sen. Baldwin not only understands but is a champion for our industry. Sen. Baldwin has proven to be a relentless voice for Wisconsin maritime, and the men and women of our industry thank her for her unwavering support,” said SCA President, Matthew Paxton. Two shipyards in Baldwin’s home state of Wisconsin, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Hurckman Mechanical Industries, Inc., were awarded the SCA Excellence in Safety Award. Excellence in Safety is given to shipyards that go above and beyond to promote a culture of safety.