The WIDMAC Newsletter – June 2023 Edition
Rep. Mike Gallagher’s selection as Chairman of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party has global significance. What is less obvious but still highly important is the almost direct connection to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Mark W. Barker came to life at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin marking the first self-propelled, self-unloading cargo vessel built for the Great Lakes maritime trade in over 35-years.
The global pandemic has affected every facet of life and work in 2020, and the unprecedented nature of COVID-19 has made the work of Wisconsin's commercial ports all the more essential. 27 million metric tons of cargo are moved through Wisconsin's ports each year.
It is a special treat to serve as the new president of the Wisconsin Domestic Maritime Coalition, WIDMAC. I live in Milwaukee and have worked in the American maritime industry for much of my professional life so highlighting Wisconsin's vibrant maritime industry is particularly meaningful.
The Department of Defense and U.S. Navy awarded a contract on September 4th to Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) for design and engineering work of the Navy's Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV), the future large-size unmanned surface vessels, able to operate without crew on board.
WIDMAC is pleased to share with you the latest episode of the American Maritime Partnership Podcast where AMP President Mike Roberts and Congressman Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin's 8th District discuss the unique issues facing the Great Lakes maritime industry.
Wisconsin has nearly 230 miles of navigable inland waterways, ranking it 29th in the nation. This system which includes part of the Upper Mississippi River moves Wisconsin's economy and contributes to the state's natural beauty.
Wisconsin maritime had one of its finest moments this Tuesday in Sturgeon Bay, as powerhouses Interlake Steamship (Interlake) and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) jointly laid the keel for the next state-of-the-art Great Lakes laker, the M/V Mark W. Barker.
Celebrating National Maritime Day - an annual, time-honored tradition that recognizes one of our country's most important industries. In the midst of a global pandemic, this vibrant maritime workforce has labored around the clock and continued to deliver vital goods and products
The Department of Defense's U.S. Navy awarded a contract to design and produce the next generation small surface combatant, the Guided Missile Frigate (FFG(X)) late Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Now more than ever, Americans are recognizing the importance of the nation's essential supply chain operators. The Wisconsin Domestic Maritime Coalition (WIDMAC), comprised of employers and unions from around the Badger State, will educate state leaders, media and policy makers on the importance of Wisconsin's maritime workforce.
Business and labor leaders from around the Badger State stood up the Wisconsin Domestic Maritime Coalition (WIDMAC) as the voice of the domestic maritime industry in Wisconsin. The coalition, comprised of leading Wisconsin employers and unions, launched with an announcement of 41% growth of domestic maritime industry jobs in Wisconsin.



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