Home » NEWS » Manufacturing » Huntington Ingalls mulling redevelopment of shipyard

Huntington Ingalls mulling redevelopment of shipyard

AVONDALE, La. — Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries said it will look at redeveloping its Avondale, La., shipyard with a Texas-based pipeline company.

After a six-month study, the companies could form a joint venture to redevelop the shipyard near New Orleans, which otherwise is expected lay off most of its 740 employees this summer.

“The joint study will explore opportunities ranging from manufacturing to terminal operations,” Huntington Ingalls spokeswoman Beci Brenton wrote in an email.

Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is the nation’s largest pipeline company, transporting petroleum products, natural gas and carbon dioxide. It also runs petroleum terminals and stores natural gas.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said that the redevelopment could create 1,000 jobs. Her colleague, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said he would meet with Huntington Ingalls and local officials tomorrow at the shipyard to discuss its current status and future.

Huntington Ingalls has been trying to transfer Avondale to someone who would redevelop it but has found no takers. Dependent on federal money to build warships, it’s been under political pressure to find a new use for what had been the largest industrial employer in the New Orleans area.

The company is building parts of an amphibious assault ship, the future USS Portland, at Avondale. But that work is scheduled to wrap up this summer. Without a new user, Huntington Ingalls plans to keep a facility that employs 138 engineers but lay off most other workers.

Brenton said Avondale wouldn’t close immediately but the company can’t maintain it forever.

“Obviously, if we cannot find a redevelopment opportunity, we will be force to close the facility,” Brenton wrote.

Northrop Grumman announced in 2010 that it would close Avondale, which then had 5,000 employees, and shift operations to its Pascagoula shipyard. It later spun off those and other shipyard operations as Huntington Ingalls, based in Newport News, Va.

The company is also trying to reactivate its closed Waggaman, La., facility near Avondale for other kinds of commercial work, possibly employing 200. Waggaman, which closed in 2010, made components for Avondale ships.

“We believe our best, near-term opportunity to capture commercial work will be through the Waggaman facility,” Brenton wrote.

There are about 11,000 employees in Pascagoula and another 500 at a composite fabrication facility in Gulfport that Huntington Ingalls also plans to close.

About Wally Northway


  1. スーパーコピー時計販売はコピーガガミラノ通販専門店です . 0.106072179 レプリカガガミラノの私は(私がオンラインで見つける大丈夫、ランダマイザ)大きなふわふわサンタの帽子の中にすべてのaBlogtoWatchチームメンバーの名前を入れて、ランダムに彼らは匿名で2014年からガガミラノの時計を選ぶだろう誰のために相互に各チームメンバーをペアに名前を描いた私はその後、それぞれに通知彼らは「買い物」のためだった、と彼らに “贈り物”を選択し、彼らはその人のためにその時計を選んだ理由について書くための期限を与えた人物 . スーパーコピーガガミラノ時計豊富な品揃えで最新作も随時入荷致しております のでごゆっくりとご覧ください。☆ ガガミラノ時計税関の没収する商品は再度無料にして発送します☆ 送料無料 .
    BVLGARI(バッグ?財布?小物)CHLOE(バッグ?財布、小物)偽物ブランド,激安,コピー?ルイヴィトンバッグ,偽物?ルイヴィトン財布,コピーバッグ,ブランドバッグ,偽物バッグ,偽物シャネルバッグ,偽物エルメスバッグ,偽物グッチバッグ,偽物財布,コピー財布,時計の專門店 http://www.brandiwc.com/brand-4-copy-0.html

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *