In a highly competitive bid process, the U.S. Army has chosen the Vigor design for its new generation of landing craft. The contract represents the largest award in Vigor’s history with a total value of $979,390,000 over a ten year period and will provide sustained full time employment for roughly 200 skilled artisans.
“This award is the culmination of a five year process of research and development that first began with Kvichak prior to its merger with Vigor,” explains Frank Foti, Vigor CEO
“Phase one of the program will begin immediately and center on design refinement and prototype construction,” said Tim Kolb, general manager of Vigor Ballard who spearheaded the proposal process. “The contract calls for one prototype vessel, four vessels under low rate production, and up to thirty two additional vessels for use by Army Mariners in even the most difficult environments.”
With ten locations and more than 2,500 workers Vigor is the leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and complex fabrication in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
They build fishing boats, tugs, ferries, barges, fireboats, high performance combatant crafts and a variety of aluminum workboats.