Local News

Vigor Industrial announces new merger

KetchikanShipyardVigor Industrial, which operates the Ketchikan Shipyard, announced Wednesday that it has merged with Oregon Ironworks.

Oregon Ironworks, with its facilities in Oregon and Washington, fabricates equipment for various industries including marine, hydroelectric, bridges and commercial construction. Under the terms of the merger, Oregon Ironworks will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Vigor Industrial.

Vigor is based in Portland, Oregon, with facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Its focus is shipbuilding and ship repair. Vigor entered Alaska when it started managing the state-owned Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012.

Oregon Ironworks and Vigor agreed to terms on May 20th, and expect the merger to be complete before the end of June.

At that point, the combined company will employ about 2,300 people in Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

(This article has been edited to correct information related to ownership of the Ketchikan Shipyard.)

Recent News

Ketchikan borough to consider mine resolution

Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre photo)
A resolution urging the International Joint Commission to get involved in the issue of transboundary mines will be in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday. more

State identifies body from Blackberry Lane fire

The state Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified a body from last week’s house fire as that of the resident, 49-year-old Ralph Smith of Ketchikan. more