Clarifying current ESG hiring

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM.

Dear Editor:

Eastern Shipbuilding Group would like to clarify our current hiring outreach and the future of our expansion efforts.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group has leased production space in Port St. Joe at the former paper mill site. We anticipate opening that site for production in February of 2013. We plan to do outfitting on our vessels at the Port St. Joe facility.

Currently Eastern has numerous job openings at its Bay County facilities. These Bay County positions are the jobs we are looking to fill immediately. We will be filling Port St. Joe positions as they become available. These are primarily skilled craftsman jobs, i.e. welders, pipefitters, pipe welders, and ship fitters.

We received about 80 applications during the resource fair recently sponsored by the Workforce Board in Eastpoint. We have also received applications from Port St. Joe recruiting. Hopefully we can assist some of these hard workers with stable employment opportunities at our Bay County shipyards.

Eastern has training classes for welding, pipefitting, and shipfitting, and we run continuous classes in these skills. These classes are held at our Allanton facility and we pay $10 an hour while students are training.

We have a good partnership with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board and we are working diligently with them to find qualified employees. The Workforce Board is also exploring options for transportation to Panama City for Gulf County and Franklin County residents.

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