U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay and Fraser Shipyards in Superior have been awarded nearly $2 million in 2018 Small Shipyard Grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Baldwin has long supported the Small Shipyard Grant Program that helps small shipyards repair and modernize equipment, and train workers. “These grants will allow Bay Shipbuilding and Fraser Shipyards to expand opportunities for employees, invest in capital improvements and remain competitive in the global maritime industry,” Baldwin said. “Bay Shipbuilding is thrilled to receive a Small Shipyard Grant that will allow us to be more efficient and offer the most competitive services possible. We thank Senator Baldwin for her commitment to shipyards and for helping secure this investment as we continue to do our part in sustaining the Great Lakes fleet and Jones Act shipbuilding industry for our customers,” said Francesco Valente, President and CEO of Bay Shipbuilding. President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget would have eliminated this critical program. Baldwin led the Senate Appropriations Committee in rejecting that budget and including $20 million for the Small Shipyard Grant Program in the FY19 THUD Senate Appropriations bill.