Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon spoke candidly with the Pascagoula Rotary Club today about the long-term future of the Pascagoula shipyard, the effects of sequestration and workforce development.
“I’m hiring 3,000 people and have a $10 billion backlog that’s pretty healthy,” Edenzon said. “My business is very good. Where’s it going to be in 2020? Where’s the nation going to be in 2020?”
While the Pascagoula shipyard has a cadre of big contracts into 2016, officials with Huntington Ingalls Industries are in constant contact with defense personnel in Washington D.C., hashing out the kinds of ships and the numbers of ships in the Navy’s long-range plan.
Defense cuts from sequestration add to the uncertainty.