STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN – MONDAY, August 31, 2020: This past week, Congressman Mike Gallagher (8th District) traveled toFincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to present its workforce with Northeast Wisconsin Service (NEWS) Award. The award honors the unsung heroes of the Coronavirus who helped keep Wisconsin moving while the state was shut down. Honorees are selected for going above and beyond the call of duty in their respective fields or industries. Recipients come from a variety of backgrounds and include truck drivers, nursing home employees, grocery store workers and shipbuilders.
Accepting the award on Friday, August 28 in Sturgeon Bay (featured from left to right above) on behalf of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding were:
- Aaron Bley, FBS Facilities Manager
- Ron Miller, FBS Safety and EHS Manager
- Pete Peterson, FBS Journeyman Mechanical Steelwork Outfitter
- Shawn Claflin, FBS Journeyman Mechanical Machinist and President – Boilermakers Local 449
- Todd Thayse, FBS Vice President and General Manager
“Despite the many challenges posed by the pandemic, the hardworking men and women at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding didn’t miss a beat,” said Rep. Gallagher. “Their efforts helped ensure that the company’s operations, including time-sensitive repairs to the Great Lakes Winter Fleet, not only continued, but expanded during the worst of the crisis. It was an honor to recognize the work they did to keep Northeast Wisconsin moving.”
Rep. Gallagher recognized the first three recipients of the award on Friday, June 19, 2020, and continued to recognize other individuals and companies throughout the summer.
- Valley Cooperative Association
- Dana Rau-Courtier, truck driver for Schneider
- Sheila Olinger, CNA at St. Paul’s Elder Services in Kaukauna
- For more on the awards, visit Northeast Wisconsin Service (NEWS) Award.
Melissa Wollering, Fincantieri Marine Group, Senior Manager – Communications at 715.587.2993
About Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
Located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) is an industry leader in the construction, conversion and repair of large ships – tracing its rich history back more than 100 years. The diversified FBS portfolio includes all types of vessels including articulated tug-barge units, dredges and dredging support equipment, self-unloading carriers, ferries and offshore support vessels. On the repair side, FBS is expert at managing critical deadlines in the repair and sustainment of bulk carriers and other ships of the Great Lakes Winter Fleet.
Shipbuilding facilities at the 63-acre plant include a large graving dock, a U.S. Navy-certified drydock, and lifting capacity to meet the most demanding requirements. Erection buildings are climate-controlled and equipped with sophisticated computer-aided manufacturing equipment. Fincantieri’s skilled workforce has an average of more than 20 years of shipyard construction experience, in-house engineering, and a management team focused on client satisfaction and on-time delivery.
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is an operating unit of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), the United States division of global shipbuilding giant Fincantieri. fincantieribayshipbuilding.com
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. It is a leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems and components production and after-sales services. Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the USA, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com