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ELLICOTT® DREDGES LLC WINS FEDERAL GRANT FOR EXPANSION: $1.75 million to fund new equipment for capacity growth

For Immediate Release
1 September 2009

Entrepreneur of The YearEllicott® Dredges, LLC-a unit of Ellicott® Dredge Enterprises, LLC-and its management have recently received multiple  prestigious awards from international and national organizations for its technical innovations, leadership in the dredging industry, organizational growth, and community contributions.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration) has announced that Ellicott® Dredges, LLC of Baltimore, MD, USA has won a grant for $1.75MM to help finance capacity expansion for manufacturing dredgers.  Ellicott®'s project, entitled "Efficient Dredge Building," will create and retain over 20 jobs and will increase Ellicott®'s crane capacity and modernize its machining capabilities. It will also help pay for modern welding equipment and state-of-the-art IT systems for manufacturing and engineering.

Ellicott® is among 70 successful award winners out of almost 500 applicants under a MARAD program to promote productivity at leading U.S. shipyards.   Ellicott®, the largest U.S. dredge builder, was the only dredge supplier to receive a MARAD award.

US Congressman John P. Sarbanes, (D-03/MD) in commenting on Ellicott®'s success, noted that the MARAD award would "allow Ellicott® Dredges to perpetuate its tradition of innovation and excellence."  (go here for full text of Congressman Sarbanes' remarks.)

The modernization of Ellicott®'s Baltimore plant will complement its brand new dredge building facility in Wisconsin

Director of Manufacturing Robb Thomas  added that Ellicott® will now use its new 3-D design software (Solidworks™) via direct interface between design engineers and factory floor, and between plant locations as well, to minimize dredge construction time.

Pictured (right to left)  Ellicott®'s Director of Manufacturing Robert Thomas with Plant Manager Alexander Green in front of 670 dredge currently under manufacture. 

For more information, contact: 
Peter Bowe, President
Ellicott® Dredges
Ph 410-545-0205 • Cell 410-302-9367
Email - [email protected]

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