Westport Shipyard sold to Louisiana shipping company, no changes in staffing expected

The sun set on Westport Shipyard for the last time Thursday, Human Resources Manager Jennifer Swogger said this morning “We have been involved in an asset sale with the Chouest company [Edison Chouest Offshore] based out of Louisiana and that is effective today. So Westport Shipyard will now become Westport, LLC.” With locations in Port Angeles, Westport, and Hoquiam, Swogger added they do not expect changes in staffing at any of the sites. “All employees are being transferred to the new company so there will be no impact to our employees.”

General Manager Dave Hagiwara confirmed that the company has been purchased by Edison Chouest Offshore; “It’s a big day for us, and we look very much forward to partnering with the Chouest family, and continuing to be a vibrant part of this community.”

Now officially named Westport LLC, the company transferred their lease agreement with the Port of Grays Harbor for properties in Westport and Hoquiam at a special meeting of the Port Commissioners this morning.

At the height of a market that ebbs and flows with the tide, the company has employed nearly 1000. Since it’s founding in 1964, they have completed more than 120 yachts and many commercial vessels.

Shop With a Cop is this Saturday in Aberdeen, sirens included

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Shop With a Cop is this Saturday, police officers from all over the county are taking kids out shopping for presents. Local founder Betty Crass says their 15th annual event will start around 7 tomorrow morning “and after breakfast we’ll take a couple pictures and have our parade from the Eagles – and we do a little winding through Aberdeen just to give it a little more length to the drive.” That “parade” will include units from nine city police departments, county, and state, as well as tribal police blaring sirens and thrilling their passengers.  This year 11 local elementary schools provided the names of  60 children for their shopping trip to Walmart. “One of the brightest parts of Christmas on the harbor is seeing all of these officers with these children having such a good time.
Crass adds that she plans to retire from the event this year, and is handing over the reigns to Kim Adams of Montesano. “Grays Harbor has come through again, 15 years of helping us out with sponsors and contributions and I’m retiring at the end of this year.” Sponsors of the event include Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Aberdeen Walmart, Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Volunteers in Police Work, Aberdeen Police Officer’s Guild, Montesano VFW #2455, East Grays Harbor Rotary, KD & S Environmental, Sandy Burkhamer, Westport Shipyard, Mary’s River Lumber, Aberdeen McDonald’s, Montesano Moose Lodge, Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Deputies Association, Aberdeen Eagles Aeriel #24, Pacific Beach Ladies Aid, Keystone Graphics, XICHI Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Sunny 102.1, and a special thank you to Betty Crass.

Westport Shipyard employees laid off

WESTPORT, Wash. – The Westport Shipyard laid off dozens from it’s Western Washington locations this week. Human Resources Manager Jennifer Swogger from the company’s Port Angeles office cited market conditions as the reason for the layoffs “The reduction is reflective of the current market conditions for premiere luxury yachts.” Swogger did not comment on the exact number, sources tell us at least 40 received notification this week in Westport.
Westport ShipyardAt the height of a market that ebbs and flows with the tide Westport Shipyard has employed nearly 1000. Since it’s founding in 1964, has completed a total of more than 120 yachts and many commercial vessels. The most recent yacht from the company, the Westport 112, was featured in the December edition of Yachts International.

Hoquiam Police Investigate Westport Shipyard Theft

Also taken from some of the other containers were a brass relief valve, some stainless steel deck plates (2 inscribed with the word “oil” and 4 with “diesel”). There were also a number of brass couplers and 6 items that are classified as brass nipples. All these items are used in the building of boats.

The suspect(s) apparently cut a larger hole in another section of the fence and used a wheel barrel, which they found on the property, to wheel the stolen items to a grassy area behind the facility on Ingram Street. It is apparent that it would have taken a vehicle to remove the stolen items from the area.

At the time of this release a dollar amount of the items that were stolen is not available. The shipyard employees are conducting an inventory in an attempt to determine if any other items are missing.

If anyone has any information regarding the burglary or the stolen property they are asked to call Hoquiam police investigators at 532-0892 Ext. 102 or the communications center at 533-8765.

Bomb Threat in Westport Shuts Down Shipyard

The Westport Shipyard evacuated their Westport Structures this morning, due to a bomb threat

The Hoquiam Office confirms the the Wesport office sent most of the employees home for the day, some administrative staff remained until the threat was assessed by the Westport police department.
Chief William Gibson told us "all the buildings have been gone through, nothing was found, at this point it doesn’t appear to be a credible report… you take these things seriously"
The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was notifiedshortly after the bomb threat was discovered this morning, written on one of the stalls in a men’s restroom.

The Hoquiam Shipyard remains open on their regular schedule, the Westport yard will remain closed overnight.

Cindy Johnson joins Bank of the Pacific as Senior Accounting Assistant

Cindy's accounting experience includes several industries including ITT Rayonier and Westport Shipyard. She has worked in all aspects of accounting throughout her career. Mrs. Johnson received her bachelor degree in business from Northwest College, Kirkland, Washington. She completed her degree as a single mother and graduated with honors.

Cindy is married and enjoys her six children and her two grandchildren. As a family they love to attend Seattle Seahawk football games. She relaxes by working on Soduko puzzles. She says, "I really like numbers and the puzzles challenge me to think differently than at work." She also enjoys watching her children play a variety of sports.

About her new position Cindy recalls, "I received an e-mail from Career Builders announcing the position with the bank. When I reviewed the position description it looked like a position full of opportunities to learn about the financial industry where I had not yet worked."

The Bank of the Pacific employs over 230 employees, has over $580 million in assets with eighteen branch locations in Washington and Oregon. They are independently owned and locally operated. The bank is a member of FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. More information on the bank is available at their website http://www.thebankofpacific.com/.