Mobile Named Manufacturing Community

Mobile Named Manufacturing Community

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Mobile, AL - Landis Watts is learning a new skill--like dozens of other people at the Maritime Training Center--to try and get a job.  They're grinding their way into the maritime workforce.

“I'm hoping to get into Austal but I just want to get my foot in the door,” says Landis Watts.  Chamber of Commerce officials hope more training is the answer.  As one of the first manufacturing communities--programs in Mobile now compete with bigger cities like Los Angeles and Chicago for $1.3 billion in economic assistance.  The maritime center trains 600 people a year and it could grow with this designation.

“We're hoping to increase that number by two times, we have an immediate need for 1,300 welders,” says University of South Alabama VP of Research and Economic Development.  Mobile got the recognition through its Maritime industries--they listed the big ones like Austal and Ingalls.  Smaller shipbuilders were on the list too.  Rodriguez Boat Builders is one of them. 

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