Austal USA Expanding Shipbuilding Facility In Mobile, AL

The waterfront assembly facility represents a $288 million investment, expected to create more than 1,000 jobs over the next four years.

Austal USA has announced it will expand its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama with the construction of an additional waterfront assembly facility to support the growth of its shipbuilding activities there.

This significant project, with a capital investment of more than $288 million dollars is set to create 1,032 new jobs over the next four years.

“This groundbreaking ceremony represents a significant milestone for the city of Mobile, the state of Alabama and the U.S. defense industrial base,” commented Austal USA President Michelle Kruger. “As we have done throughout our history, Austal USA is again expanding our facility to meet the needs of the Nation.”

“Austal’s growth plans in Mobile will have a massive impact on the shipbuilding industry in the Port City,” said Ellen McNair, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Not only will this expansion create more than 1,000 jobs with a significant new investment, but it will also broaden Austal’s manufacturing capabilities and solidify its future in Mobile.”

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Austal USA is set to build a waterfront assembly facility in Mobile, AL, creating 1032 jobs over the next four years. (Photo: Mobile Chamber)

This infrastructure expansion includes the construction of Final Assembly Building #2 (FA 2), with three bays to build large steel modules including the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and the Navy’s TAGOS-25 ocean surveillance steel ships. It will also provide flexibility to manufacture modules for submarine and other surface ship programs.

“This is a big deal,” said Mobile Chamber President and CEO Bradley Byrne. “The new Final Assembly 2 will provide job growth as the OPC and TAGOS-25 programs transition from design to production and enhance the infrastructure needed for future contract competitions.”

FA 2 will provide 192,000 square feet of covered manufacturing space and will occupy four and a half acres to the south of Austal’s current waterfront facility.

The project also includes waterfront improvements, and a shiplift system to safely and reliably launch completed ships from the assembly buildings. The system features an articulated lifting platform capable of lifting, launching and docking vessels in excess of 18,000 long tons.

“This is an exciting day for the entire Mobile region. Austal has proven it is invested in Mobile, and it is exciting to see its U.S. operations continue to grow here. Shipbuilding is an integral part of Mobile’s history, and thousands of our citizens continue to make a good living on the waterfront thanks to industry leaders like Austal,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

Upon completion of this expansion, Austal USA’s Mobile facility will feature a 117,000 square foot steel panel line, two module manufacturing facilities with more than a million square feet of covered manufacturing space optimized for serial production, and seven assembly bays offering more than 400,000 square feet of indoor erection space.

Overall, the Mobile facility spans 180 acres and will encompass more than 1.5 million square feet of indoor manufacturing space

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