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PENINSULA: Senator Murray Secures Support for Job-Creating Defense Projects

Sep 15 2010

Funding will support Armed Forces while creating family-wage jobs

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Defense Subcommittee announced that she has included critical funding for Peninsula companies in the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Appropriations bill.  The funding will create jobs and help Washington state remain at the forefront of technology, research, and innovation.

The key job-creating bill passed through the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee today, and will now move to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“This investment in companies right here in Washington state will help create family-wage jobs while supporting our national defense,” said Senator Murray. “This is about bringing Washington state tax dollars back to companies in our own backyard. And the plain truth is that if I’m not fighting for these job investments to be made here in our state, they will go to other states like Texas and California. Our state’s innovative companies deserve their fair share of federal funding so they can hire, expand and provide our service members with tools to keep them safe. I’m proud to have secured this support for local companies to help them create jobs.”

Peninsula projects are listed below:

Project Title:  Advanced Maritime Technology Center (AMTC) Research and
Development Riverine Command Boat (RCB) Craft
Recipient:       SAFE Boats International, LLC
Amount:         $5,000,000
Location:        Port Orchard, WA

This investment would provide the Navy with a Riverine Command Boat (RCB) to train forces for deployment and to test mission-critical command and control technology.

This would provide an essential pre-deployment training platform for our troops, and improve testing of new technologies to aid in the prevention of friendly fire, reduce collateral damage to civilians in conflict zones, improve response time for close air support and speed the evacuation of wounded troops.

Project Title:  Rapid Casting Technology for Naval Castings
Recipient:       Ex One Company, LLC
Amount:         $1,000,000
Location:        Bremerton, WA

This investment would transition sand casting technology to digital casting technology to produce metal castings for Navy parts more efficiently and quickly. This would expand the castings supply network, reduce lead times, improve quality, and decrease costs for the Navy.