U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl said the Navy plans to order 10 warships from each of two shipbuilding companies in Wisconsin and Alabama.
The Wisconsin Democrat said Thursday the deal would require Congressional approval because it represents a departure from previous plans to award just a single 10-ship contract. He said early signs are positive that Congress will support the change.
Kohl said one contract would go to Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis., and its partner, Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md.
He said the other would go to Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., which partners with General Dynamics Corp. in Falls Church, Va.
Kohl said each contract will create thousands of jobs.
“The economic impact of this Navy contract for Wisconsin’s economy cannot be understated. In terms of job creation the LCS project is like bringing a big new auto plant to northeast Wisconsin,” Gov. Jim Doyle said in a news release.
According to New North Inc., the new Navy contract will potentially create 1,000 new jobs for the New North’s shipbuilding industry and thousands more for suppliers of Marinette Marine.
But just remember, government doesn’t create any jobs.