Last week Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance voted to include $29 million dollars in Harbor Assistance Grants which would be used for dredging, construction, and capital equipment associated with Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s facilities improvements related to the company’s application for a federal shipbuilding contract for Navy frigates.

State Representative John Nygren of Marinette, who co-chairs the committee noted  that with over 160 suppliers around the state, an employment impact of over 5,400 jobs, and a $4.4 billion economic impact in northeastern Wisconsin alone, it’s clear how much Marinette Marine means to Wisconsin, and speaks to how much Wisconsin will lose if Marinette Marine falls behind.”

Earlier this budget, Representative Nygren helped guide a $2 million in workforce training grants for Marinette Marine through the Joint Finance Committee.