IAM Local 1871

Serving members of Groton, CT

Electric Boat Hiring

Dear Mr. Papski,

Last week, our region heard the news that Electric Boat expects to hire nearly 1,500 new workers this year. Better still, President Geiger explained that long-term growth at EB is on track and the company plans to increase from about 14,000 employees this year to about 18,000 by 2030.

As I noted in an op-ed in the Hartford Courant over the weekend, this is not just good news for southeastern Connecticut – the upswing at Electric will ripple across our state, in hundreds of small businesses and skilled manufacturing firms that support the work at the shipyard. This is welcome news for our state, which has had its confidence shaken in the past year, and left many doubting our competitive posture in the global economy.


Rep. Joe Courtney speaks to Fox 61 on the recent announcement by Electric Boat to hire 1,500 employees in 2016. Click HERE to watch.

This upswing in growth at EB is no surprise to anyone following developments in submarine building over the last several years.  A combination of factors is driving this growth – the ongoing two a year construction rate of two Virginia Class Submarines, the need to replace our aging fleet of strategic deterrent submarines known as SSBNs, as well as other critical maintenance and modernization work to keep our current fleet in operation.

Connecticut is already seeing the impact of this work right now. Over the last five years, 471 companies across the state have supplied nearly $600 million worth of parts and work to Electric Boat. That is up about 30 percent over the last year, according to EB President Jeff Geiger.

As a result, companies like Collins & Jewell, a metal-fabrication manufacturer in Bozrah, are expanding. Since they moved to their current location in 2013, they’ve added 20 employees and, because of the increase in work coming from Electric Boat, they are already planning to double the size of their manufacturing facility.

At the same time, our community colleges like Quinebaug Valley in Danielson and Three Rivers in Norwich, teamed with the Eastern Workforce Investment Board, are collaborating with Electric Boat to train the new generation of manufacturers needed to keep up with the demand. With the backing of US Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who I brought to the yard last year to see firsthand the needs of the workforce there, critical federal funds will help create the training pipeline needed to meet the needs of our region and our nation.

This is an exciting time for our region and our state. As the Ranking of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, the Congressional subcommittee that oversees submarine and shipbuilding programs, I will continue to do all I kind to advocate for the submarine investment priorities driving this growth — and needed for the defense of our country.

Sincerely,

Joe Courtney
Member of Congress

Updated: February 9, 2016 — 7:20 pm
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