A submarine maker in Groton has announced that it will be bringing on thousands of new workers.
Electric Boat said on Monday that it will be hiring another 2,200 workers on top of the 3,000 it's been in the process of hiring over the past year.
“[Monday's] announcement from Electric Boat that strong hiring is planned in 2018 and beyond is a continuation of great economic news for our region and the entire state,” said Rep. Joe Courtney. “As the ranking member of the House Seapower subcommittee for the last three years during the period when Congress expanded submarine construction authority, I will continue to work closely with the Navy and Electric Boat leadership to build upon this success."
This past November, its workforce reached 16,000 employees for the first time in 25 years, according to Electric Boat president Jeffrey Geiger.
The business is also looking to upgrade its Groton site to support future submarine builds.
This comes as state Sen. Cathy Osten of Sprague filed a proposal to give $100 million to Electric Boat to help with a U.S. Navy contract.
Electric Boat was contracted by the Navy to build a new Columbia-class submarine.
Osten's proposal would give the business the money over a five year period and suggests spending $50 million over 10 years on workforce developments.
Chamber president and CEO Tony Sheridan says the region is poised to absorb the workforce.
With new housing already being constructed, and more on the drawing boards, New London Mayor Mike Passero said he is confident vacant property will fill the tax rolls.
“This parcel has been vacant in downtown New London since urban renewal in the 1960’s, believe it or not, so it’s pretty exciting they have a beautiful development planned for here,” Passero said.
"As [Monday] morning’s presentation clearly showed, the increase in submarine construction and repair work in Groton over the last several years has added good paying jobs at Electric Boat and throughout the state-wide network of nearly 500 suppliers and manufacturers that support work on the Virginia and Columbia-class programs," Courtney said. "I want to thank President Geiger for his capable leadership, as well as all of the men and women of EB who work hard each day to deliver these critically necessary submarines for the Navy.”
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