Nichols Brothers Boat Builders looks at expanding to Oak Harbor

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2011

BRIAN KELLY has this story in the South Whidbey Record:

COUPEVILLE — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor.

The Freeland boatyard wants to have a larger role in building ferries for Washington state, unhealthy and is seeking a second location that could result in an additional 100 jobs for the company, cure Island County officials said Wednesday.

Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik gave a brief overview of the company’s proposal at the Island County Council of Governments meeting. He said Nichols Brothers wants to use portions of the Navy’s Seaplane Base for a new shipbuilding yard near the existing seaplane ramps that would give easy access to the deep waters of Crescent Harbor.

No new construction would be needed at the seaplane base. Temporary structures would be used to handle manufacturing operations.

"They are determined to bid on the new ferries," Slowik said.

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