Feb. 5, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today the opening of a business development office in
, to pursue opportunities in the commercial energy market. If successful in obtaining work, manufacturing will be performed at Avondale Shipyard in
New Orleans, LA
. With this new venture HII plans to redeploy
into a non-Navy manufacturing facility.
While the success of this new business endeavor is not set in stone, the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO applauds Hunting Ingalls Industries for its unwavering commitment to keep Avondale Shipyard operational. We will continue to work with and support HII as they pursue this new opportunity.
The saving of Avondale Shipyard has been a top priority of the Metal Trades Department since HII announced the yard would close in
This new opportunity would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Avondale SOS team. The AFL-CIO, our MTD affiliated unions and executive council members,
's workforce and Huntington Ingalls CEO
and corporate vice president and general manager of Corporate Development Chris Kastner.
This was a team effort. We are so proud of the team that we helped to assemble including Senators
, and former Representative
, as well as Governor
We would also like to thank the White House, Navy Secretary
and Transportation Secretary
for their assistance throughout our more than two-year campaign to save the yard.
We welcome the opportunity for our New Orleans Metal Trades Council to build a strong working relationship with HII in this new venture.
's shipbuilding workforce has many of the same skillsets needed in the energy sector and we hope to see those workers redeployed.
Saving this yard will help to stabilize the economy in
and its surrounding area.
SOURCE Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO