VANCOUVER, Wash. — Christensen Shipyards has won a $1 million federal stimulus grant that will allow a sister business to begin producing renewable energy equipment by year’s end, according to a report from the Columbian of Clark County, Washington.
The newly created sister business, Renewable Energy Composite Solutions LLC, will produce wind turbine and hydrokinetic (wave motion) energy components, and could bring as many as 200 people back to Christensen’s waterfront fabrication facility.
“This diversification promises to bring back people we’ve laid off in the past 13 months who work in composite manufacturing,” Joe Foggia, president of Christensen Shipyards, told the paper. “Seventy-five percent of our yachts are built with composites there are a lot of man-hours there.”
Christensen created RECS to go after new business in the energy field earlier this year.