The new facility will create more than 400 jobs. VT Halter Marine plans to use its brand new dry dock as a ship repair facility. Bill Skinner, the C.E.O. of VT Halter Marine, says, "You know, we're very excited about it and the work it's going to bring. We purchased a 13,000 metric ton, floating dry dock that will be used to enter into the ship repair operation." The company already employs 2,200 people and is looking to expand its shipyard and payroll. Skinner also says, "We're looking for a lot of new personnel, and in our ship repair, we expect to employ eventually up to 400 new jobs.” Skinner says if you can't wait for the new facility to be finished, the company is also hiring in other departments right now. He says, "We have openings in all craft, whether it’s ship fitter, weller, electricians, or painters. We can hire all craft today."
The dry dock arrived from Vietnam a little early and is residing in a temporary location because the repair facility will not be ready for another 10 months. Skinner says, "VT Halter Marine is enlarging this slip behind me 60 ft., to become the permanent home of the new dry dock. You know, we're extremely excited about the new opportunity here. That will complement our new construction operations." Skinner hopes to gain business from past clients his company has already built ships for. The repair facility will be up and running this time next year. To apply for a job, Skinner says to contact the Human Resources Department.