Mayor Jim Kenney; Steinar Nerbovik of Philly Shipyard, Inc., Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon at Philly Shipyard. Photo credit: Albert Lee for the City of Philadelphia

House Majority Leader Hoyer and Congresswoman Scanlon Tour the Navy Yard

Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) today welcomed Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Majority Leader for the U.S. House of Representatives, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Alongside officials from the City of Philadelphia and PIDC, Hoyer and Scanlon toured the Navy Yard, met with representatives from two key employers — Philly Shipyard, Inc. and Iovance Biotherapeutics, and discussed ongoing federal investments at the Navy Yard.

Mayor Jim Kenney; Steinar Nerbovik of Philly Shipyard, Inc., Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon at Philly Shipyard. Photo credit: Albert Lee for the City of Philadelphia

“The Philadelphia Navy Yard is emerging as a center of economic activity for our region,” said Rep. Scanlon. “I was honored to host Majority Leader Hoyer today to show him how this area is leading Philadelphia’s transition from its industrial roots to the economy of the future. Once a federal shipyard run by the Navy, the area sat dormant after closing in the 1990s, but now boasts employers spanning industries from shipbuilding and manufacturing to life sciences and more. As the U.S. Representative for the Navy Yard, I’m proud to champion federal investments to support the work of PIDC and its partners to transform this space and bring more jobs to our region.”

Visit to Iovance Biotherapeutics. Photo credit: Albert Lee for the City of Philadelphia

“I was proud to join Rep. Scanlon at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard today to see the extraordinary work being done to create a regional hub for innovation and economic growth,” said Majority Leader Hoyer. “Securing the return of Community Project Funding in the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations process was a big win for members and for every congressional district, where important local projects are again able to receive the support they deserve in a way that is fully transparent and accountable. The funding Rep. Scanlon brought home to the Navy Yard is a wonderful example of that, and it is an example of House Democrats’ efforts to help more businesses and workers Make It In America as well. I want to thank her for her leadership and her hard work to help Pennsylvanians and all Americans access economic opportunities and get ahead.”

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon; Steinar Nerbovik of Philly Shipyard, Inc., Anne Bovaird Nevins of PIDC; at Philly Shipyard’s Training Center. Photo credit: Albert Lee for the City of Philadelphia

In March, Scanlon secured $525,000 for PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative in the Fiscal Year 2022 federal government funding package. It is one of 10 Community Project Funding awards Scanlon delivered for her district. By creating unique, customized training programs, Navy Yard Skills Initiative builds on the model developed by the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative to connect unemployed and underemployed Philadelphia residents to permanent employment with Navy Yard employers. Thanks to the Community Project Funding secured by Scanlon, the Navy Yard Skills Initiative will be able to run for another full year. Since the program’s initial recruitment in February 2021, Navy Yard Skills Initiative has graduated four cohorts of trainees — totaling 53 people — with 98% of graduates receiving full-time job offers with employers including Philly Shipyard, Inc. and Tasty Baking Company after completing their training.

Looking inside Dry Dock 4 at Philly Shipyard, Inc. Photo credit: Albert Lee for the City of Philadelphia

Scanlon has also led the charge in Congress to help Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) secure federal shipbuilding contracts after the Shipyard fell dormant in 2018 and suffered massive layoffs. In April 2020, the shipyard was awarded an initial contract valued at $630 million to build the first two ships in a five-ship series of U.S. DOT Maritime Administration (MARAD) National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMVs). Since then, Scanlon has continued to advocate for additional contracts to be awarded to PSI, which has now been contracted to complete all five ships in the NSMV fleet. The total value for these five training vessels is approximately $1.5 billion. When Scanlon was first elected in 2018, Philly Shipyard only had around 80 employees. The contract for the NSMV program has allowed PSI to reconstitute its workforce, which currently stands around 1,200 and is expected to reach full capacity in mid-2022.

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Contact: Lauren Cox, 202-880-2680, Lauren.Cox@mail.house.gov

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Congresswoman Scanlon Delivers $525,000 for Innovative Workforce Program at the Navy Yard

On Friday, April 15, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) joined officials from PIDC, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, and Philly Shipyard, Inc. to celebrate the latest graduates of the Navy Yard Skills Initiative and announce over half a million dollars in new federal funding to support the workforce program. Scanlon secured $525,000 for PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative in the Fiscal Year 2022 federal government funding package passed by Congress in March. It is one of 10 Community Project Funding awards in Scanlon’s district.

Thanks to the Community Project Funding secured by Congresswoman Scanlon, the Navy Yard Skills Initiative will be able to run for another full year. Since the program’s initial recruitment in February 2021, the program has graduated four cohorts of trainees — totaling 53 people — with 98% of graduates receiving full-time job offers after completing their training.

“The Navy Yard is home to the most exciting emerging center of economic activity in Philadelphia, with employers spanning industries from shipbuilding, to baking, to life sciences — and everything in between,” said Rep. Scanlon. “Like many businesses across the country, these employers are in need of skilled workers, and the Navy Yard Skills Initiative is helping to make those connections. The ‘earn while you learn’ model used by this program invests in unemployed and underemployed Philadelphians so that they can embark on long-term career paths rather than signing up for quick, minimum-wage work. I am thrilled to have secured funding to support another year of this incredible program, and to know that the Navy Yard Skills Initiative will continue to connect residents and employers with good jobs in PA-05 for years to come.”

“We are extremely grateful for Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon’s support in our Navy Yard Skills Initiative place-based workforce development program,” said Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. “This investment will go a long way, allowing Philadelphia residents to secure life-changing careers while providing Navy Yard businesses with the highly-skilled talent they need. We look forward to applying this investment to many more training programs over the next year.”

All 16 trainees who graduated on Friday have been offered full-time, union apprentice positions with Philly Shipyard, Inc. These positions start at $17.13 per hour, and include incremental pay increases over the three-year apprenticeship and 22 college credits in technical studies at Delaware County Community College.

“We have now completed two successful workforce training initiatives through the joint partnership with PIDC and WPSI,” said Mike Giantomaso, Vice President of Human Resources at Philly Shipyard. “These programs have been a great boost to our overall hiring efforts as we have had a lot of room to expand with the major contract award in April 2020 to build the National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMVs) for U.S. DOT Maritime Administration (MARAD). I’m definitely looking forward to future workforce partnerships and want to thank everyone involved including our own district’s U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon.”

Navy Yard Skills Initiative launched in 2020 in partnership with University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, connecting its first cohort of trainees to full-time, quality-wage careers with Four Seasons Total Landscaping through the Grounds Maintenance Laborer Program in March 2021. The second and fourth cohorts, which graduated in August 2021 and April 2022 respectively, were both paired with Philly Shipyard, Inc. for the Shipyard Laborer Program and Shipyard Apprentice Program. The third program partnered with Tasty Baking Company, maker of iconic Tastykakes, for the Production Associate Program in January 2022.

By creating unique, customized three-week training programs, Navy Yard Skills Initiative builds on the model developed by the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative to connect unemployed and underemployed Philadelphia residents to permanent employment with Navy Yard employers. West Philadelphia Skills Initiative’s existing program is a nationally-recognized model, where 95% of participants are connected to employment upon successful completion of the program.

“We are very excited by the ongoing success of the partnership with PIDC and the Navy Yard,” said Cait Garozzo, Managing Director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. “Working with the Navy Yard has allowed us to connect with and serve employers and jobseekers outside our typical coverage area in West Philadelphia, and we’re incredibly grateful to Congresswoman Scanlon’s support of the program to build on the first year of impact.”

Navy Yard Skills Initiative is open to current Philadelphia residents with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent credential. Participants receive a $150 weekly stipend while enrolled in the program and a guaranteed interview with the partner employer upon graduation. Applications for the next cohort will open on May 3 and again partner with Tasty Baking Company for the Production Associate Program launching in June.

The Fiscal Year 2022 spending bill provides $1.5 trillion in discretionary resources, including nearly $8.5 million in Community Project Funding secured by Scanlon for organizations in PA-05. Additional information on the Community Project Funding awards in Scanlon’s district is available here.

The Community Project Funding application process for Fiscal Year 2023 is now open. Requests from organizations in Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District are due to Scanlon’s office by April 22. Learn more.

Photos from the Navy Yard Skills Initiative graduation ceremony held on Friday, April 15 are available for media use here. Please credit Ben Bowens Photography.

 

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The Navy Yard Welcomes: Maho Construction

 

We are pleased to welcome Maho Construction LLC to the Navy Yard community. Maho Construction was established in 2019 as a commercial carpentry outfit specializing in all aspects of carpentry. With over 40 years of combined construction experience Maho Construction has established quality relationships with several property developers, Higher education, Industrial & Healthcare facilities management firms within the Philadelphia and South Jersey area.

The company has strong relationships with contractors that preform in the Navy Yard and the City of Philadelphia. In making their company more accessible for clients Brian Hercker, President & Partner Mark Pantalone, Vice President, and their employees have joined the Navy Yard community in Building 101, Suite LL33. To learn more about their services, please contact them here.