The Eastern Shipbuilding held a grand opening earlier this month for a new facility at the Port of Port St. Joe in Gulf County. With the new facility comes 125 employees, and around 200 people working on the vessels daily.
“We’re proud to be here, we hope to be here for a long time,” said Eastern Shipbuilding Group President Joey D’isernia. “This location is truly unique,” D’Isnerna said. “It has good deep water, a good strong bulkhead, no air draft restrictions, and it’s very close to the sea trial lanes, so it’s very unique.”
Eastern Shipbuilding’s Port St. Joe location is currently conducting finishing work on Staten Island Ferries before they travel to New York to be put into use.
“Eastern doesn’t just bring its own jobs, it brings a lot of jobs that support Eastern,” said Florida Congressman Neal Dunn as he talked about the new opportunities for this community that was hit hard by Hurricane Michael.
The opening of the facility was originally delayed by Hurricane Michael and COVID-19.