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Metal Shark Boats Announces Expansion

JEANERETTE, La. (AP) â¿¿ Metal Shark Boats says it's expanding its Jeanerette, La. shipyard again.

Company President Chris Allard and Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday the expansion will create 88 new jobs with an average salary of more than $62,000. Hiring for the new jobs is underway.

Jindal says Metal Shark is meeting the needs of "our armed forces while also providing great jobs for our hardworking men and women."

Last May, Jindal helped dedicate a previous expansion of Metal Shark's Jeanerette facility after the company won a $192 million U.S. Coast Guard contract to build a boat to broaden its homeland security mission. The company is also building other boat classes for the Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, local law enforcement agencies and foreign agencies.

Construction will begin later this year.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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