Vigor Alaska to layoff workers

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) A lack of new construction projects led to the decision to lay off up to 80 workers by the end of the year.

    The Ketchikan Daily News reported the shipyard has about 300 workers.  100 extra workers were brought in to accelerate work on the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Hubbard.  The ferry Tazlina was also christened earlier this month.

    Director of Shipyard development Doug Ward said the company wanted to give employees a heads up so they could plan their lives.  Some of the laid-off workers may be able to find work at other yards and projects.

    The company will begin work on a ground-based missile defense system in Fort Greely and some workers could transfer to that project.

    The work on the Hubbard is expected to be completed in March of next year.


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