FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES METALCRAFT MARINE TO RECEIVE OVER $800,000 U.S. COAST GUARD CONTRACT TO PRODUCE TEN LARGE CRAFT VESSELS IN CAPE VINCENT – INVESTMENT COULD SPUR FURTHER EXPANSION, JOB GROWTH FOR MAJOR BOAT MANUFACTURER IN CAPE VINCENT
Schumer Announces MetalCraft Marine Set to Receive $800,000 U.S. Coast Guard Contract to Produce Ten State-of- the-Art Boats in Cape Vincent Schumer Pushed for Federal Investments At Fast-Growing MetalCraft to Ensure North Country Manufacturer Can Continue Producing Top-Notch Vessels & Jobs
Schumer: Federal Contract Will Help MetalCraft Make Waves Coast to Coast
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that MetalCraft Marine won an $818,901 federal contract with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to produce ten Long Range Interceptor boats for deployment on the National Security Cutter. These state-of-the-art vessels will be crafted in part at MetalCraft Marine’s new location in Cape Vincent, which Senator Schumer visited in February 2012. Schumer lauded federal support for MetalCraft Marine, because they are a top-flight boat manufacturer and key part of the North Country economy.
“This significant federal contract is a huge boost for MetalCraft Marine, its workers and the North Country economy. MetalCraft Marine has worked to build a name for itself in Jefferson County as a major player in the North American commercial boat industry, and this federal contract with the Coast Guard will help support that mission,” said Schumer. “This contract demonstrates that MetalCraft’s hard work and delivery of a top-rate product has paid off, and now will produce ten large craft vessels for the U.S. Coast Guard to be deployed on the National Security Cutter. I am pleased to have pushed the Coast Guard to invest in MetalCraft Marine, which will allow an Upstate NY manufacturer to flourish, create jobs and make waves from coast to coast.”
“MetalCraft Marine thanks Senator Schumer for being an important advocate,” said Tom Roe, President of MetalCraft Marine. “Securing this contract means the country will see what our talented team can produce. We are proud to supply the United States Coast Guard with our state of the art vessels, which will be largely constructed right here in Cape Vincent, NY. With Senator Schumer’s support, we look to continue to grow and expand our North Country operations.”
Schumer announced today that the U.S. Coast Guard will award a contract to Metalcraft Marine US, Inc. to provide up to ten Long Range Interceptor II Cutter Boats for deployment on USCG Cutters. Included in the procurement are options for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Navy to procure two of these boats. The initial award is in the amount of $818,901, and the total potential value of the contract with options is $10,189,166.
In February 2012, Schumer toured MetalCraft Marine and vowed to push for federal investments and contracts such as this one, in order for the company to grow. MetalCraft Marine Inc. was established in 1987 and the company began its work in the patrol and workboat market. MetalCraft was readily accepted in the commercial marketplace and began to work closely with key government procurement agencies. Since that time, MetalCraft has carved a name for itself in the North American commercial boat industry, particularly in the designing and building of high speed patrol as well as search and rescue boats. MetalCraft’s boats have been used by the U.S. Navy for the Force Protection Program and have served in the War on Iraq. MetalCraft focuses its mission on providing a high-quality product with an extensive warranty promise at competitive costs.
In 2007, MetalCraft opened a facility in Clayton, New York that builds specialty boats for the U.S. Navy and the New York State Pilots Association. MetalCraft Marine U.S. Inc. are currently building prototype test boats for the U.S. Coast Guard that could result in a contract for one hundred boats over seven years and have recently commenced building a pilot boat for Key West, Florida. Schumer noted that, based on all of its success and this expansion, MetalCraft has outgrown its facility in Clayton and will be transferring production to a much larger facility in Cape Vincent, where this Coast Guard contract will be executed.