Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC)
Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) was founded along the Menominee River in Marinette, WI in 1942 to meet America's growing need for naval construction. Since our first contract to build five wooden barges, MMC has built more than 1,300 vessels. MMC is a full service shipyard with in-house capabilities to design and construct the most complex vessels. It has earned an international reputation for its ability to build technologically advanced vessels.
The ability to construct the entire vessel indoors plays a major role in the quality of the finished product and the contractor's efficiency. At MMC, vessels are constructed and outfitted completely indoors. When ready for launching, they are moved outdoors. Typically, vessels are 90 to 95% material and labor complete when launched.
Stringent production and performance standards require a quality-minded corporate culture and work ethic backed by comprehensive quality assurance and testing programs. Efficiencies in production are achieved by constructing the vessels in a systematic series of panels, modules, and blocks. This technique allows the modules and blocks to be pre-outfitted to a very high degree, while internal compartments are still very accessible.
MMC's in-house engineering staff and skilled craftsman excel in highly efficient, modular, subassembly and assembly line manufacturing methods. Integrated engineering methods and project management systems have enabled the shipyard to progressively build larger and more complex vessels. Because of the company's ability to deliver ships ahead of schedule and within contracted costs, the Navy has designated MMC a premier supplier.
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which is the Navy's first focused-mission ship, will be used for anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and mine warfare missions. The ship will be 378 feet long with a beam of 57 feet, and its top speed will range from 45 to 60 knots, depending on its load. The ship's innovative design allows it to turn 360 degrees in less than eight lengths at top speed and to accelerate to full speed in less than two minutes. Marinette Marine built the lead ship. Marinette Marine constructed and launched the nation's first LCS, USS Freedom. Commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 2008, USS Freedom was deployed two years ahead of schedule and recently completed three successful drug interdictions. The shipyard is also constructing the Navy's third LCS, Fort Worth (LCS 3).
The new Great Lakes Icebreaker, which will be named Mackinaw, will be approximately 240 feet long, 60 feet wide, and will displace 3,500 long tons. In addition to breaking ice to keep shipping lanes open on the Great Lakes, the multi-mission vessel will service aids to navigation, as well as performing search and rescue, pollution control, security, and law enforcement duties from its homeport of Cheboygan, Michigan. The icebreaker will be built at Marinette Marine.
As part of the initial Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) contract, to build 29 barges that can be assembled into floating platforms or causeway systems to transport heavy materials such as tanks, trucks, and cargo between ship and shore. Each barge will be approximately 80 ft. by 24 ft., will weigh between 75 and 124 tons, and will be capable of carrying approximately 150 tons of cargo. Six of the 29 barges will be powered by 360-degree rotating water-jet thrusters for propulsion and station-keeping.
In August 2008 Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A., a world leader in the commercial and naval shipbuilding industry, announced that it has signed a definitive acquisition agreement to acquire the Manitowoc Marine Group (MMG), from its parent company, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE: MTW). Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) agreed to be a minority investor with Fincantieri in the proposed acquisition. MMG employed a workforce of approx. 1,590 and in FY2007 generated revenues of approx. US$ 320 Million, which are expected to increase in FY2008.
The acquisition of MMG responds to the U.S. Navy's expressed desires that U.S. shipyards adopt best practices from leading international counterparts. With a proven record of delivering complex military and commercial ships, on time and on budget at a firm fixed price, Fincantieri will bring to the U.S. market its extensive expertise in modern ship design and construction methods, thus greatly enhancing the technological capability and production processes at the yards of MMG. Fincantieri planned to invest in modernizing MMG's facilities, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity, significantly benefiting MMG's U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard customers, as well as the shipyards' employees and the local communities where they live and work.
Fincantieri acquired Marinette Marine in January 2009. Manitowoc Co. Inc. completed the sale of its shipbuilding business to Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA of Italy for about $120 million in cash. The sale allowed the Manitowoc-based manufacturer to concentrate on its two remaining businesses: cranes and commercial foodservice equipment.
In March 2010 Marinette Marine Corporation, a member of the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) industry team, broke ground for an expansion to nearly double the size of its main indoor ship construction building - an investment to support the construction of the U.S. Navy's LCS. The expansion will provide enough indoor space to simultaneously house two complete LCS hulls and parts for two additional ships. The building enhancements also allow greater use of Marinette Marine's proven modular construction process, which will enable the Lockheed Martin team to construct LCS more cost effectively.
The ground-breaking is the latest in a recent series of investments made by the shipyard's parent company, Fincantieri, as part of its five-year, $100 million plan to modernize its U.S shipbuilding operations and support the LCS program. In 2009, Marinette Marine installed higher-capacity overhead cranes, plasma-cutting tables and pipe-bending machines to increase efficiency and capacity. In 2008, Lockheed Martin also became a minority partner in the shipyard, while continuing to share its project management and lean manufacturing techniques to meet the LCS program's cost and schedule goals.
"This is a terrific investment by Fincantieri and represents the commitment they're willing to make to continue quality shipbuilding at Marinette Marine," said Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin. "It's an investment in the men and women employed there, in the community that is so supportive of this company, and in their ability to give the Navy a well-built LCS at a competitive price."
"This groundbreaking represents a significant milestone in the transformation of Marinette Marine to the premier mid-tier shipyard in the United States," said Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri's chief executive officer. "The building expansion will allow us to fully complete a large ship such as LCS completely indoors at an even higher degree of completion and quality."
"Fort Worth is on cost and on schedule, with 90 percent of its modules under construction and more than 30 percent of the ship complete," said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Ship and Aviation Systems business. "The improvements underway at Marinette Marine increase the team's capacity in meeting the U.S. Navy's need for an affordable, survivable LCS. We've already seen a 30 percent reduction in labor cost from our first ship."
"With investments from Fincantieri and a strong partnership with the state, Marinette Marine continues to move forward as a world leader in high-quality ship building," said Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. "The recent launch of the USS Freedom is a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the Marinette Marine Corporation workforce. With this groundbreaking Marinette Marine will become even more competitive, and create more jobs in this community."
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