Westport facility officially opened

PORT ANGELES — Seven months after construction began, Westport Shipyard Inc. will officially open its new yacht-building facility today, the Peninsula Daily News reported in an article Sunday.

More than 500 people are expected to be at the 102,000 square-foot, 72 foot-high facility’s grand opening, according to the newspaper.

“We’ll christen the building Monday, and hopefully in about two years, we’ll christen the first boat,” Lee Taubeneck, Westport Shipyard Port Angeles general manager told the Daily News.

The $13 million facility will be the site for construction of the world’s largest “production” super yacht at 164 feet long, which will sell for a reported $27.5 million, reported the newspaper.

The building, constructed by Fisher and Sons of Burlington, is located a 3-acre site that Westport bought from the Port of Port Angeles for $530,000.

The company is anticipating employing 200 workers at the facility in 2004, according to the article.

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