By Winonna Saari Herald Writer
Vigor Industrial, a Northwest shipbuilding operation that operates Vigor Marine in Everett, is purchasing an Alaska-based shipbuilding company, Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan.
The acquisition is expected to strengthen Vigor’s presence on the West Coast.
“Everett has a great tradition as a maritime community. Everything we can do at Vigor to help build a strong maritime industry will help sustain and ultimately build jobs in Everett and everywhere we work, including soon in Alaska,” said Steve Hirsh, Vigor industrial director of communications.
Hirsh said Vigor is expecting to hire close to 100 skilled welders statewide in the next few weeks, to build the next new ferry for Washington State Ferries. Those jobs will initially be in Seattle, but as construction progresses, there will also be ferry-building jobs in Everett, Hirsh said.
Qualified applicants can check its website at http://vigorindustrial.com/jobs.
Both companies hope to complete the acquisition agreement by March 1.