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U.P. firms repair Coast Guard vessels

K&M Industrial, LLC of Gladstone and North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics, Inc. of Escanaba are working on dry dock repairs for United States Coast Guard vessels.They are finishing work on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, used as an icebreaker and buoy tender. Work on the Bristol Bay barge will follow. (Courtesy photo)

ESCANABA — This fall, K&M Industrial, LLC of Gladstone and North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics Inc. of Escanaba are working on dry dock repairs for United States Coast Guard vessels.

According to K&M Industrial President Josh King, his company and North Shore Marine first worked together on dry dock repairs in 2020. Then, they repaired the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Buckthorn.

Under their partnership, the two businesses have traded job duties on a case-by-case basis.

KIng said both companies are in need of employees for the projects.

“We are partnering on dry dock services for the U.S. Coast Guard. We’re both hiring, and it’s a great opportunity for young people looking for work,” King said.

North Shore Marine Project Manager Aaron Kadish was pleased with the early results of his company’s partnership with K&M Industrial.

“It’s been going very well. It’s a great combination of the resources and manpower both our companies have available,” he said.

As of early September, the companies were finishing work on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, used as an icebreaker and buoy tender.

Work on the Bristol Bay barge will follow.

King hopes to provide local dry dock repair services in collaboration with North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics well into the future.

“I want to keep the ships coming into this area – that’s my goal,” he said.

Both businesses are searching for new employees to work on these projects, which continue an existing partnership between the companies.

K&M Industrial specializes in rebuilding IT/Marine and commercial industrial pumps for government, pulp/paper, and municipal use.

Along with its work in this field, the business serves as an umbrella company for Chatfield’s NAPA and Bayside Engineering & Manufacturing.

About North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics Inc.

North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics is a full-service marine construction/repair facility and has been operating for over half a decade. Its Escanaba shipyard was previously home to Basic Marine and has been in use since 1979. Today, North Shore boasts more than 70,000 square feet of fabrication, shop, and warehouse space, along with a floating dry dock.

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