Right now EB shares shipbuilding duties with Newport News on the Virginia Class submarines and it will do the majority of the work on the new Columbia class fleet of 12 ballistic missile submarines.
But it won’t be overhauling the USS Boise, a Los Angeles class submarine, which is in need of repair.
“That’s a big disappointment because our local economy depends on getting every bit of work we can get,” said Gaylen Hunter of Mystic. He is a navy veteran and once worked at Electric Boat.
The Navy awarded the nearly $60 million planning contract to Newport News Shipbuilding and when all is said and done the contract could be worth $385.6 million.
EB spokeswoman Liz Power emailed News 8 the following statement:
EB prepared and submitted a bid for this work and are disappointed that our package wasn’t accepted. We look forward to a debrief with the Navy, where we will discuss our proposal and how we can better position EB for consideration for future maintenance and modernization work. There are no immediate plans for staff reductions. As work finishes on the USS Montpelier, we intend to shift workforce to Virginia Class boats and will re-examine our long-term staffing strategy, so that we can maintain the necessary staffing levels to help us to continue deliver Virginia class submarines and prepare our tradespeople for work on the Columbia class.”
“Electric Boat’s got a lot of skilled workers. I was once one of them,” said Hunter.
About 600 employees would have worked on the Boise.
“There are no immediate plans for staff reductions,” said Powers who added. “Maintenance and modernization work gives our workforce the opportunity to maintain and sharpen their skills, and helps us to manage ebbs and flows of workload. ”
“I was always worried while I was there is I was going to get laid off,” said Hunter.
As far as the company’s recent hiring spree News 8 was told that does continue.
In January EB announced that it would hire 2,000 new employees. Since then it has reached that number and continues to hire more. Right now the total number of employees at EB is just under 16,000.