Pittsfield-based Cianbro Corp. has won a $28.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to do repairs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.

The announcement came in a joint statement Monday by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, who said Cianbro was awarded a $28,860,243 contract to perform structural repairs at the shipyard.

“Portsmouth Naval Shipyard plays a critical role in the defense of our country, and it’s important that the shipyard has the tools and infrastructure needed to continue in that mission,” the senators said. “We applaud Cianbro for securing this competitive contract from the Navy and expect that their work on repairs will provide valuable support to the daily operations at PNSY.”

Collins is a senior member of the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee, and King is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Cianbro will repair and modernize parts of the open wharf structures at the shipyard’s Berth 11. The project aims to restore the load-carrying capacity of the crane rail system on the shipyard’s waterfront, while providing corrosion protection to the wharf. The work is expected to be completed by March 2019.

In a telephone interview Monday, company President Andi Vigue said the shipyard project would not result in net job creation. The company will, however, transition workers over from the construction project at the nearby Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, between Kittery and Portsmouth. Construction on the bridge is scheduled to wind down in 2017, as work ramps up at the shipyard, Vigue said.

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“I know people are looking at creating jobs. It is preserving the Maine jobs we have,” Vigue said of the project.

The employee-owned company is proud to be working on an important infrastructure component for Maine and the U.S. military, Vigue added.

“It’s an important project,” he said.

Cianbro is one of the region’s largest construction firms, employing up to 4,000 people and working in more than 40 states, according to the company’s website.

Last year, the company announced a major hiring effort, recruiting at least 600 workers for a number of multi-year projects, including the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, expansion of the International Marine Terminal in Portland, and the Gut Bridge replacement in Bristol.

 

 


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