Marine industry thriving in California city

RICHMOND, Calif. – The city of Richmond, a shipbuilding center during World War II, has been undergoing what some are calling a marine-led revival, according to a Sunday article in the Contra Costa Times.

This has been driven by such things as the city’s development of a marina, inexpensive waterfront property and the Richmond Yacht Club, the newspaper reported.

At the center of this revival are two boatyards – Keefe Kaplan Maritime Inc. and Bay Ship & Yacht Co., which have “probably put Richmond on the map for rigging and outfitting new boats and for repair and maintenance of old boats,” Bob Gorman, executive director of the Northern California Marine Association, told the newspaper.

KKMI has purchased its neighbor, Richmond Boat Works, and expanded its workforce to 44 employees during its nine years in business, the newspaper reported.

Among the other marine businesses in the area are Whale Point Marine & Hardware Co. and Quantum Sail Design Group.

As the city continues to transform itself, locals expect the area’s marine industry to see further growth, the newspaper concluded.

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