STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN, September 30, 2019: This summer, producers from the Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio show named “Wisconsin Life” approached Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. The show profiles different industries, events, people and traditions from around the state.
Show host Angela Fitzgerald and a crew of four other videographers and producers spent the entire day Thursday, August 1 in Door County. Crews interviewed several tradespersons, toured the yard to learn of the entire shipbuilding process from steel delivery to construction, tried their hand at welding and took a ride up to the top of our gantry crane!
Just in time for Manufacturing Month, which is the month of October, the episode featuring our shipyard will air at 7pm on Thursday, October 3 on Wisconsin Public Television (PBS, WPNE). The TV segment will re-air on later dates while the radio segment will air that week on Wednesday and Friday on Wisconsin Public Radio at 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. during “Morning Edition” on the NPR News and Classical Music Network. You can also view it online after October 3 at https://www.wisconsinlife.org/
A special thanks to dozens of our employees who helped plan and prepare for the visit, participate through interviews and allow the crew to film our yard throughout the workday! We are excited to tell our story through this show, which reaches tens of thousands of people across the state of Wisconsin now and for years to come as the episode re-airs. Join us as we tune-in to watch the evening of October 3.
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, automated loading 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
About Wisconsin Life
“Wisconsin Life” celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people. Its award-winning producers travel the state in search of stories that are humorous, surprising, emotional, and/or thought provoking. All of the stories are personal and rich with the personality of the state we call home. “Wisconsin Life” is a co-production of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. Wisconsin Life has been recognized with numerous awards from the American Association for State and Local History, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Milwaukee Press Club, and the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards.