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Shipyards tug on revamped strategy

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  • | 5:47 p.m. November 30, 2015
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TAMPA — Gulf Marine Repair Corp., one of the leading tug-barge shipyards in the Southeast, is combining operations with Hendry Corp., its affiliated company and a fellow shipyard.

The consolidation will bring “a focus, flexibility and competitiveness that will meet both the needs of existing customers and the emerging markets,” Gulf Marine president Rick Watts says in a statement.

The transition of the two shipyards at Port Tampa Bay will result in the combination of assets and work forces, the statement adds. Additionally, Aaron Hendry, president of Hendry Corp., helped create an employee stock ownership plan for all employees.

Gulf Marine Repair Corp. offers services including ship repair, dry dock construction and maritime employee staffing. Hendry Corp. was founded in 1926.


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