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Fincantieri Marinette Marine

ACE Marine in Green Bay, is an all-aluminum shipbuilder
focused on building the Response Boat-Medium for the
U.S. Coast Guard.
The FMG shipyards are able to leverage and benefit
from the support and resources of its parent company
with its staff of experienced engineers and skilled workers to build safe, technologically sophisticated ships to
customer specifications, FMG says.

Full Scale
Fincantieri's investment transformed FMM from being
a custom builder for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard
and other clients into a full-scale manufacturing company. "We've gone from building unique ships one at
a time to having a dedicated production line, without
sacrificing quality or our pride in craftsmanship," the
company says.
The upgrades allowed the company to fulfill a contract with the U.S. Navy to produce littoral combat ships
(LCS). LCS vessels are 3400-ton, 387-foot-long mission-focused vessels designed for shallow waters that
support larger naval ships in combat.
The company, in partnership with Lockheed Martin,
delivered its fifth LCS to the U.S. Navy in late September.
The ship will be commissioned later this year as the USS
Little Rock and will replace a decommissioned ship of the
same name.
"[FMM's] shipbuilders are proud to deliver this proven warship, and we look forward to working with the U.S.
Navy to continue building these highly capable ships for
the fleet," FMM President and CEO Jan Allman said in a
press release.
Lockheed Martin and FMM currently have seven LCS
ships in various states of construction at FMM's shipyard. FMM's ship portfolio also includes U.S. Navy mine
countermeasure vessels and ocean tugs as well as U.S.
Coast Guard icebreakers, buoy tenders and response
vessels. The company has also built non-military vessels
including a research vessel for the University of Alaska
Fairbanks. The vessel, named the RV Sikuliaq - meaning
"young sea ice" in the Inupiaq language - was completed
in 2014.

Midwest

included installing tool boards at workstations and engaging in ongoing projects such as monitoring the ways it
manages and uses materials.
The company also employs modular construction methods in its manufacturing operations. Each component of
a ship is built individually and then the components are
assembled and welded together. Cutting-edge computer-controlled manufacturing equipment and heavy-lift
machinery are used to build and assemble ships.
Along with expanding and reconfiguring its manufacturing operations, FMM is also investing in an expanded workforce and training for its employees. Training
focuses on two areas: entry level skills such as steel and
aluminum welding, ironworking, sealing, installing electric components and testing; and advanced skills such
as welding stiffened ship panels and component module seams. Training is also being provided to managers.
"We've developed a rigorous and well-defined process
to train our supervisors in leadership and management,"
the company says. mt

The Right Tools
Lean manufacturing methods are playing a large role in
FMM's transformation. The company is using 5S and other methodologies to reduce its cycle time and improve its
internal processes and overall product quality. This has
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