Economic boom from SAFE Boats new naval contract will be heard around the region
11 Mar 2021
Tacoma, Pierce County, WA (March 11, 2021) — Tacoma-Pierce County had good reason to celebrate this week, even during a global pandemic, after learning that SAFE Boats International was awarded a $20M lead contract for the U.S. Navy to start construction of the Mark VI patrol boats headed for the government of Ukraine. The U.S. Navy announced in January it had awarded SAFE Boats a portion of the contract to purchase long-lead material and associated pre-production and planning support with the remaining $80M award anticipated in June. SAFE Boats’ Tacoma facility situated alongside the deep-water banks of Commencement Bay is an idea site to manufacture and launch the 85-foot Mark VI. The contract will add 75 new maritime workers to the shipbuilder’s Tacoma workforce.
Leadership from local elected officials and economic development partners paved the way for the expansion enabling SAFE Boats early access to information and support during its due diligence phase. A project team from the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB), City of Tacoma, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County, and Impact Washington, the Washington state affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, worked with the company to identify new and existing opportunities for assistance with grants, permitting, and workforce development.
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