million contract for Steel Style
- The Evening News, Published: Monday,
June 7, 1979
NEWBURGH – Steel
Style Inc. of 401 South Water St. was notified Wednesday it
had received a $4 million contract from the Navy Department
to build a drydock caisson gate for the naval shipyard at
The contract award, announced
by Rep. Benjamin Gilman, R-NY, calls for Steele Style to build
a gate 130 feet long, 20 feet wide and 50 feet high.
The gate is a floating vessel
that seals off the entrance to a dry dock so the water can
be pumped out and major repairs made on large ships.
Steel style project engineer
Joel Trace said “This will be the fourth gate we have
built for the Navy. At the present time we are completing
a similar gate for the naval shipyard at Charleston, S.C.,
and we are starting one for the shipyard in Pourtsmouth, Va.
“We have 15 months
to complete the gate for Pearl Harbor so we will now be building
two at the same time.”
“The first gate we
build,” continued Trace, “went to the General
Dynamics yard in Groton, Conn., a number of years ago.
Old-timers might better
remember the Groton facility as the Electric Boat Co., of
World War II submarine fame.
Last year Steel Style completed
the last of four caissons used as the foundations for the
second span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. The drydock gates
are built at the Newburgh facility and towed to the yard to
Trace said it was too early
to talk about numbers, but the new contract will provide some
additional jobs at the site.
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