Leaders from Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the U.S. Navy and Wisconsin-based Miron Construction opened a new facility at Marinette Shipyard in a small ceremony March 8, 2022.
Employees and guests gathered to open the Marinette Shipyard’s newest building, Building 35, where giant slabs of raw steel begin the journey to become an American warship. The 32,000 square foot building is connected to a new panel production line where steel is prepared, marked, cut and welded on an automated assembly line equipped with state-of-the-art welding robots. This is where the large steel plates of the Constellation-class frigate must be cut and welded.
Fincantieri has been awarded a contract in 2020 that could be worth $5.5 billion to design and build the Navy’s newest class of ship, the Constellation-class frigate. FMM is expected to begin construction of the first frigate this year, so this new facility will become increasingly busy as employees continue to train ahead of the frigate’s construction. This building and the line of panels are part of the 300 million dollars that Fincantieri has recently invested in its shipyards.
“It’s important to remember that all of our construction and improvement projects are tied to a single goal: to be an efficient, modern shipyard that builds world-class frigates for the US Navy.” said Dario Deste, President and CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group. “We continue to affirm our commitment to the Navy.”
The new facility and panel line offer vast improvements in the overall steel preparation, fabrication and staging processes that will be required to build the Constellation-class frigates. Fincantieri plans to build two vessels per year once the vessel design is stabilized. Fincantieri is expected to deliver the first vessel in 2026 and the second vessel in 2027.
In addition to these ships, the Navy’s contract with FMM includes options for eight additional frigates to be built in Wisconsin using Fincantieri’s shipyard system, which includes Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, as well as Fincantieri ACE Marine in Green Bay.
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