Metal Shark wins U.S. Navy patrol boat contract
Jeanerette, La.-based shipbuilder
Metal Shark has
the contract to
produce the U.S.
ation patrol boat,
the PB(X). Subject to annual appropriations, the Navy intends
to replace 100 to 160 of its existing 25- and 34-ft. CRF patrol
boats with the larger and more modern PB(X) platform over
the next 15 years.
The winning PB(X) design is a 40-ft., welded aluminum pilothouse patrol boat designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team.
The Navy has placed an initial, immediate order for 11 of
the new vessels. Under the terms of the award, potentially
worth more than $90 million, Metal Shark will build up to 50
vessels for the Navy, along with trailers, spares and training
packages, and technical support.
That type of technology is found elsewhere in the facility as well. In fact, two
new saw blade sharpening machines
sat in the aisle, waiting to be installed
near the ironworker tooling and saw
blade fulfillment area.
“Our company was founded on the
principle of providing well-built machinery to help our customers find efficient
solutions for their shop needs,” said
Jerry Kroetch. “Nothing has changed.
We take pride in manufacturing quality,
USA-made metal fabricating machines
that can be passed down from genera-
tion to generation.”
As visitors completed their tour of the
Scotchman facility, they were greeted
with a collection of news clippings from
past articles about the company and its
founding family; company calendars
from past decades; and treats, includ-
ing two cakes with edible lettering that
looked like metal letters punched from
10-gauge sheet metal.
Brooke Formanek, Scotchman’s marketing director, shared a look at the
possible graphics for the 2018 company
calendar with some visitors before they
left. On it, a picture of Art Kroetch from
his early days in the business is found
near a callout for keeping metal fabricators happy.
In small towns like Philip, 50 years
isn’t as distant as it might be in other
places. Memories, supported by familiar faces and a laid-back environment,
keep people connected and humble.
It’s probably the reason that a company
like Scotchman shares its success with
everyone, not just with a few shareholders and select customers.
—Dan Davis, Editor-in-Chief
When Art Kroetch, the founder of Scotchman
Industries Inc., died on July 3, 2007, company
employees purchased the last ironworker
completed that day and signed it as a tribute
to Art. During a memorial service at the local high school, others added their names to
the ironworker. Today the signed memorial
stands in Scotchman’s administrative offices.