Democratic U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced a total of $1,056,515 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to upgrade two shipyards in New Jersey.
The grants include $692,558 to Yank Marine Services LLC in Dorchester in Cumberland County to help revitalize the shipyard facility and improve safety by acquiring temporary shelters and installing an electrical distribution system.
“This grant will allow our Dorchester workers to repair customer vessels under cover during more bad weather days,” said Bette Jean Yank, owner of Yank Marine Services. “It will also improve safety and efficiency of our operations through an upgraded electrical distribution system.”
Hughes Brothers Inc. in Edison in Middlesex County will receive $363,957 to purchase a new forklift, compressor and vacuum unit.
“These grants will help the shipyards increase productivity and run efficiently. These investments help create jobs and ensure New Jersey’s competitive edge in the shipping industry and global economy,” Menendez said in a statement.
“New Jersey’s shipyards are important parts of our nation’s maritime industry, driving significant economic investments and creating jobs,” Booker said in a statement. “These grants will allow them to expand their operations and increase their impact on the economic vitality of the region.”