Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) is planning to upgrade its shipyard equipment and facilities this year to assist with work on the Navy’s new guided-missile frigate. Although the improvements will be within its current shipyard perimeter, FBS is working with the City of Sturgeon Bay and the state to ensure that all growth is understood and fully compliant ahead of construction later this year.
“This opportunity to continue and expand the work we are doing for the Navy with the frigate is exciting for many reasons,” said Todd Thayse, FBS vice president and general manager. “It gives us the ability to continue delivering naval vessels for the Navy and Coast Guard as we’ve done throughout our history. It also gives Door County direct and indirect economic benefits for a decade or longer as we upgrade our facilities, provide jobs and continue partnerships with vendors and suppliers across the Midwest.”
FBS is partnering with its sister shipyard, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, which was awarded the $795 million contract for the Navy’s first-in-class frigate in April. FBS will maintain its current shipyard footprint in Sturgeon Bay, which stretches along North 3rd Avenue from Georgia Street to Florida Street.