Governor LePage Recognizes Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for Economic Impact

April 19, 2018

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today issued a statement calling attention to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s (PNS) significant contribution to Maine’s economy.

“Employing 3,679 Mainers with annual wages of almost $300 million, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has been a key contributor to our economic growth,” stated Governor LePage. “The Shipyard’s success includes growing their total workforce by close to 1,000 workers in the past four years, which has had a corresponding increase in payroll of $92 million. This money supports families and local businesses with a tremendous effect.”

PNS had a total civilian payroll of $525 million in February of 2018, with another $43 million in payroll for Navy and Coast Guard personnel. Just under half of the shipyard’s civilian employees are Maine residents.

The Shipyard annually purchases goods and services worth more than $100 million and pays another $78 million in contracted facility services including maintenance and utilities.

In comparison, PNS employed 8,700 civilians in 1987, falling to 3,648 in 1998. In 2014, there were 5,585 civilian employees with the 2018 total rising to 6,450.