Austal's Australian shipyards hurting, may move additional operations offshore
Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 2:32 PM Updated: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 2:44 PM
By Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register Press-Register
MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal may move some commercial operations outside of its home country of Australia, according to a top official quoted in an Australian newspaper.
The shipbuilder owns Austal USA, which builds vessels for the U.S. military at its Mobile River shipyard.
The U.S. operation has been one of Mobile's bright spots in recent years, increasing employment from about 100 a decade ago to nearly 2,000, with expectations of hiring another 2,000 or so workers in the next few years.
Austal chairman John Rothwell, speaking at a business luncheon in Perth on Tuesday, said that the U.S. success has propped up the company's struggling commercial shipbuilding operation in western Australia.