Marinette Recognizes Positives of LCS Contract Even if Program I - WBAY

Marinette Recognizes Positives of LCS Contract Even if Program isn't Afloat

Marinette -
One day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended cutting the navy's order for littoral combat ships by 20, there were mixed emotions in Marinette Tuesday.

Part of the reason for the emotions is that Marinette Marine builds half of those ships. Some Marinette residents say ending the Littoral Combat Ship program early would hurt the area.

Some City officials on the other hand say they aren't worried. They're confident in Wisconsin lawmakers' efforts to keep the LCS program in tact.

"It's a really big deal for over 100 different suppliers in the state of Wisconsin. So we want to have all eight members of congress as well as both of our U.S. senators on board," said Scott Walker Tuesday.

There is enough work left on the current contract to keep ship builders busy for another five or more years. Marinette leaders also believe Marinette Marine will find other ships to build even if they're not navy ones.

"It isn't just one thing that they're building," said Ann Hartnell, Marinette County Business and Industry. "They have other ships."

While community members don't want to see fewer LCS program ships being built, they agree having the contracts has been positive for the area regardless. They believe there are a lot more people and less unemployment in their area.

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