As reported in MaineBiz, Portland engineering firm Colby Co. LLC has been awarded a construction contract from the U.S. Navy worth up to $30 million, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, announced on Thursday.
The first part of the contract, is for $991,825 for construction at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, one of the state’s largest employers with a civilian workforce of 5,430 and a 2016 estimated economic impact of $756 million.
“Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is a critical piece of our nation’s defense structure and an important economic driver for the state of Maine,” Collins and King said in a joint statement.
They added: “This competitive contract awarded to Colby Co. will support by the work by the Portland firm’s skilled engineers to design building renovations and new construction at PNSY, ensuring that the shipyard can continue to fulfill its important national security duties while providing good jobs in Maine.”
Colby Co. CEO Sarah Emily Colby said in the announcement: “As full-time residents and great believers in the strong work ethic that Mainers possess, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this contract home to Maine.
The first project, for the inspection and observation of construction operations at the shipyard’s Dry Dock No. 1, is due to be completed by September 2018. Colby is a woman-owned small business that employs nearly 40 people, including 17 University of Maine graduates.