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Jindal and Metal Shark Boats announce more than 100 new jobs in Jeanerette

Jindal and Metal Shark Boats announce more than 100 new jobs in Jeanerette

POSTED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 12:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 12:19pm

Governor Bobby Jindal and Metal Shark Boats LLC executive Matthew Unger announced the company will make a $1.9 million capital investment, which will allow it to complete a contract to build 500 Response Boat–Small patrol vessels for the U.S. Coast Guard over the next seven years.

Along with creating 106 new jobs with an average starting salary of about $45,000, plus benefits, the project will retain 75 existing jobs and result in an estimated 164 indirect jobs in Iberia Parish and across Acadiana. 

Metal Shark will produce the second generation of a 29-foot-long vessel that has a top speed in excess of 50 mph. The boats will be used for port, waterway, and coastal security; for search and rescue missions; for drug interdiction cases; for immigration-related operations; for fisheries enforcement; and for defense readiness and law enforcement missions.

Governor Jindal said, “Metal Shark is another outstanding example of Louisiana-based companies that are meeting the rigorous demands of military customers like the U.S. Coast Guard while providing great new jobs for our people. Metal Shark’s work for the Coast Guard continues our state’s long history of helping the military protect the nation’s interests. We should take great pride in knowing that the hardworking men and women of Louisiana are building the tools our military uses to protect the homeland.”

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