NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Rep. Brian Higgins (N.Y.-26) announced on Monday that the Smith Boys Shipyard in North Tonawanda will receive a federal grant worth over $300,000.
It is the first time in ten years that a shipyard in New York will receive a federal grant.
“The Lake Erie waterfront is undergoing a major economic revitalization and bringing with it an increase in commercial vessel activity," Rep. Higgins said. "With the new equipment, Smith Boys Shipyard will be able to accommodate these larger workboats and extend their winter work season.”
The grant will help the shipyard purchase a vessel transporter and CNC plasma cutter.
"As one of the only essential facilities in the region that can offer emergency repairs for commercial and government vessels on the Great Lakes or Erie Canal waterways, Smith Boys Shipyards is pleased to receive this grant," said James Marinello, General Manager of Smith Boys Shipyards. "This grant will benefit the entire regional maritime community, and we thank our Congressional delegation for their strong support of the project."
The shipyard has been operating since 1937.