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Don Young to give keynote at shipyard ceremony

Rep. Don Young is scheduled to be in Ketchikan this week, and one of the events he plans to attend is the Alaska Ship & Drydock assembly hall dedication ceremony Tuesday.

Young will give the keynote address, and local and state officials also will speak. Sen. Lisa Murkowski had been scheduled to speak as well, but her office announced Monday that she is sick and can’t attend.

The ceremony will be followed by a tour of the new space. The $31 million assembly hall is a 70,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, and the latest in a series of additions to the shipyard.

The shipyard is owned by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, and is operated by Alaska Ship and Drydock under a 30-year agreement. ASD was purchased last year by Vigor Industrial.

According to the shipyard, Young’s support has led to more than $100 million in local, state, and federal investment in the facility, which employs about 160 people.

The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the shipyard. Tours will start at noon.

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