Wednesday, September 03, 2014 03:03am
North Adams, MA now: 66 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
SIGN IN | REGISTER NOW   

Home About Archives RSS Feed
Follow iBWatercooler on Twitter
Ship-Building Program Means Pittsfield Jobs
By: Staff Reports On: 11:40AM / Wednesday December 22, 2010
Important
0
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
0
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0

Update: Despite a rousing offense by Sen. John McCain, Republicans helped pass a controversial authorization for a $5 billion Navy contract that is expected to bring 500 jobs to Pittsfield.

Al.com, covering Alabama, reported late Tuesday that both houses of Congress had passed the bill, which was signed by President Obama on Wednesday morning.

McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee had opposed a plan crafted in part by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and the Navy to double the purchase of coastal defense ship from 10 to 20. That would allow for contracts to two teams, one of which included General Dynamics. The company said the contract would mean 500 positions in Pittsfield for work on the ship's computerized systems. McCain decried the contracts as wasteful.

The tipping point appears to have been General Dynamics' team leader Austal USA, which would reportedly bring 1,800 jobs its Mobile shipyard building facility.

The funding was part of a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill that ran into trouble last week. On Tuesday, a budget extension measure passed, towing along the Navy appropriation. Al.com reports the Senate approved it 79-16 and the House 193-165, with Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile the only Republican voting in favor.


Original post: 12-14-2010 06:05PM

Pittsfield is holding its breath in hopes Congress will OK expenditures for 10 more Navy coastal ships — a move that could mean 500 jobs for the city.

"We're anxiously waiting for it," Mayor James Ruberto told the Boston Globe on Monday. "It would be just an incredible Christmas present for Pittsfield and the Berkshires."

The Navy is seeking $1 billion to double the number of close-shore combat ships it wants but critics say the first four ships built for the Littoral Combat Ship program haven't justified the need for more.

The House has approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes the ship authorization but Senate has balked; Sen. John Kerry is pushing for approval before an extended deadline expires — along with this Congress — at the end of the month.

General Dynamics is partnered with Austal Ltd. on one of two teams that would be selected to each build 10 ships, a plan backed by both Kerry and the Navy. General Dynamics said that guarantee means 500 jobs for work on the computer systems at its Advanced Information Systems plant in Pittsfield. Lockheed Martin, working with Marinette Marine Corp., are the second team.

Bids were to be acted on Tuesday both teams agreed to extend the prices in their bids until Dec. 30. Hearings on the ships were held on Tuesday afternoon before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, leading Republican on the committee, took Navy officials to task for letting program costs run rampant. McCain has been a vocal critic of the program, using a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office to make his point. Navy officials said the design to buy double the number of ships would help contain costs, saving nearly $3 billion and getting 20 ships for the cost of 19.

Update, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, 10:34 p.m.: The Democratic leadership has pulled the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that includes funding for the LCS program from the Senate floor. It is  unclear if the bill will passed before its Saturday deadline.



Tags: Navy, computers      
News Headlines
BMC Closes on North Adams Hospital Property
Welcomes & Farewells Mark MCLA 2014 Convocation
Pittsfield Approves $250K For Berkshire Innovation Center
Letter: New Paths to Youth Nicotine Addiction
Lanesborough School Waiting For State Legal Opinion On SU71
College, Criminal Processes for Sexual Assault Cases Not in Conflict
Pittsfield Board Approves Expansion For Pediatric Devleopment Center
MCLA Women's Soccer Falls to Albertus Magnus
Larabee, Giorgi Honored With 'Frankie' Awards
Former Finance Director Returns to Williamstown as Pastor

 


Bill Schmick separates the bull from the bears in his weekly columns on investing and market wrap-ups.



Categories:
advertising (10)
agriculture (1)
arts (7)
automotive (4)
awards (16)
banking (41)
Beacon (1)
broadband (1)
business (52)
chamber (25)
closing (5)
development (23)
dining (5)
domestic animals (2)
energy (6)
entertainment (2)
federal (4)
finances (5)
food (5)
fundraiser (3)
green (2)
grocery (5)
hospitality/hotel (5)
housing (0)
insurance (3)
investment (6)
jobs (35)
labor (17)
laws (4)
Legislature (2)
manufacturing (9)
media (7)
medical (4)
networking (33)
new (22)
pricing (1)
projects (2)
promotion (6)
publishing (12)
radio (2)
real estate (8)
retail (29)
technology (13)
training (5)
transportation (1)
volunteer (1)
website (2)
wholesale (7)
workshops (6)
Archives:
August 2014 (1)
March 2014 (2)
January 2014 (1)
December 2013 (2)
November 2013 (3)
September 2013 (1)
Tags:
Berkshire Chamber North Adams Wmeco Great Barrington Berkshire Creative Berkshire Enterprises Jobs Williamstown Gas Prices Breakfast State Currency Excelsior Flood Unemployment Expansion Qualprint Bj's Adams Walmart Small Business Statistics Crane & Co. Talkberkshires Statistics Social Media Baldwin Sabic Pittsfield Berkshire Chamber Of Commerce Berkshire Living Unemployment Auction Store Opening Merger
Popular Entries:
Berkshire Jobless Rates Drop
Bay State Continues to Add Jobs
Excelsior Brings Greeting Card Co. To North Adams
Covanta's Pittsfield Facility Gets High Marks from OSHA
Adams Co-Op, South Adams Bank Merger Approved
White Hart Inn For Sale for $5M
New Dog Training Center Open in North Adams
Simmons Expanding Into Customized Lines
Williamstown Chamber Seeks Input on Future Role
Real Estate Panel to Tour S. County, Pittsfield Sites
Recent Entries:
Digitial First Puts Vermont News Buildings on the Market
Berkshire Chamber, Neal Hosting Facebook for Business Workshop
Winstanley Wins Big at Annual ADDY Awards
Eggs & Issues Event Focuses on Rail Cars, Development
State Unemployement Rate Drops Slightly
New Biotech Firm Setting Up in Pittsfield
Crane Museum Opens Retail Store
License Commission Approves River Street Package Move
North Adams Big Y Celebrates Renovations
House Repeals 'Tech Tax'


View All
MCLA Convocation 2014
New MCLA students were officially welcomed during the MCLA...
Friday Soccer Scrimfest
Friday afternoon girls soccer 'Scrimfest' at Drury High...
Pignatelli Campaign Kickoff...
State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli held a kick off...
Down Street Art
People flooded main street to see the new art installations...
Western Mass Beer Fest 2014
Hundreds turned out for the 9th annual Western Mass Beer...
High School Soccer
High School soccer practice got under way on Thursday.
Motorama
Hundreds of cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles and...
Chamber Nite @MountainOne
A who's who was at the MountainOne-hosted Berkshire Chamber...
Third Thursday Aug. 21, 2014
The August Third Thursday event in Pittsfield included a...
High School Football
High School football practice got under way on Monday.
Giorgi League Semis: B&B vs...
Burr and Burton held a steady lead over Bennington, Vt.'s,...
Giorgi League Semis: Drury vs...
Alex Heck scored 19 points to lead the Drury boys...
Mill Children Opening
The 5 Hoosac Street Gallery held its grand opening Friday...
Downtown Celebration 2014
North Adams held its annual street fair on Main Street on...
Worcester Bravehearts vs...
Key at bat helps the Worcester Bravehearts defeat the...
9th Annual Rock, Rattle &...
This year's theme is "Living in Harmony, Fulfilling Our...
MCLA Convocation 2014
New MCLA students were officially welcomed during the MCLA...
Friday Soccer Scrimfest
Friday afternoon girls soccer 'Scrimfest' at Drury High...
Pignatelli Campaign Kickoff...
State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli held a kick off...
Down Street Art
People flooded main street to see the new art installations...
Western Mass Beer Fest 2014
Hundreds turned out for the 9th annual Western Mass Beer...
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us | Privacy Policy| User Agreement
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2000 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved