Sep 29, 2011 10:09 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The CEO of Gulf Island Fabrication, a leading manufacturer of offshore rigs and drilling platforms, says the company intends to hire hundreds of workers in Louisiana and Texas as it begins work on new projects.
The Courier of Houma reports that Kerry Chauvin expects by year's end to add 500 jobs at the company's Aransas Pass, Texas, facility and 200 in Houma.
In April, the company announced it would build a hull for Williams, a natural-gas company with several offshore facilities. In June, Gulf Island won the contract to build a $29.5 million dry dock at the LaShip yard at the Port of Terrebonne. The company also has ongoing work from older contracts, including the fabrication of several towboats and a 335-foot lift boat.