By Tim Kowols
Over half the ships slated for winter maintenance at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay have pulled into port. The Winter Fleet makes up a large portion of the business Bay Shipbuilding does every year, which includes building new vessels and converting old ones. Bay Shipbuilding Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse says the 200 to 300 seasonal employees they bring on every year between early December and late March provide important man hours to the business and steady work for the unemployed and underemployed in the community.
Thayse says Bay Shipbuilding will continue to hire more individuals to work on the Winter Fleet through the middle to end of February. This weekend, residents and visitors can expect to see the steamships Mesabi Miner (Friday) and Stewart J. Cort (Saturday) make their way through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal for their winter work.