In Mobile, Alabama, Austal USA broke ground on its Modular Manufacturing Facility (MMF), which will be capable of constructing six large aluminum vessels such as the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and/or Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) per year. The MMF, which will expand Austal USA’s existing Mobile operations, represents a $254 million investment. Once complete, the MMF will accommodate a workforce of up to 1,200 personnel.
Located on Dunlap Drive, just south of Addsco Road, the MMF facility will include 700,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 80,000 square feet of warehouse space, and 60,000 square feet of office space. In addition to the buildings, the site will provide new permanent parking spaces for Austal USA’s employees. The expansion will be constructed in two phases and will ultimately accommodate a total workforce of up to 1,200 personnel in the new buildings.
Besides providing direct employment, the MMF project will direct work to several Alabama-based contractors. Gray Construction, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is managing the construction for Austal and will oversee all activities related to completion of the site. S J & L, Inc., of Mobile, will perform the earthwork, grading, curbing, paving and associated wet utilities for the project. Other local contractors involved in the expansion effort have included Dees Engineering, which completed the site design, and Thompson Engineering, which performed the geotechnical testing.