Evers to commit $31M in budget plan for Marinette Marine

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers plans to commit $31 million in his budget plan to help Marinette Marine.

Evers went to Marinette on Thursday to announce his proposal to help the shipbuilder expand its shipyard and infrastructure. He says the expansion will help Marinette Marine compete for a $10 billion federal shipbuilding contract.

Evers says the shipyard expansion will help Marinette Marine keep its workforce of 1,500 employees and also add an additional 400 fulltime positions.

Marinette Marine has been one of two companies building Littoral Combat Ships since 2005. But the U.S. Navy is discontinuing the LCS in favor of a larger frigate class ship. WBAY-TV reports Marinette Marine is in the running for design and construction of the new ship.

Republican Rep. John Nygren of Marinette says he met with Evers last week and invited him to visit.

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