St. Joe engages Bank of Montreal on port development

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:59 AM.

Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding, Gonzalez said, remains on target, though the exact date of arrival was not known.

Lisa Barnes, project manager for special projects with Eastern, said that the company plans to begin work in Gulf County in February.

“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,” Barnes said.

In clarifying some confusion about the current hiring being done by Eastern in Gulf County, Franklin County and elsewhere, Barnes emphasized the company was not yet hiring for the Port St. Joe facility.

“Currently Eastern has numerous job openings at its Bay County facilities. These 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,” Barnes said. 

She said recruiting efforts in Franklin and Gulf counties have gone well. Representatives from Eastern are the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce offices on Marina Drive every Tuesday and Thursday.

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