Wisconsin puts $2.3M into Burger expansion

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Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle announced a $2.28 million project in late July that will support improvements to the Burger Boat Co.’s plant at the Port of Manitowoc.

The award will spur economic growth in the city of Manitowoc and the surrounding area, according to the governor.

“The Burger Boat Company is a valued partner in Wisconsin’s economy, and a valued part of Wisconsin’s history,” Doyle said in a statement.

Shipbuilders of Wisconsin, Inc. will receive $2.3 million for the project from the state’s Harbor Assistance Program, and the company will provide the required 20 percent match, or $576,026.

The Burger Boat project involves dock rehabilitation, dredging and paving of the boatyard to provide safe access to a recently installed launch well. The improvements will facilitate meeting current production and delivery demands.

Burger Boat Co., founded in 1863, designs and builds custom motoryachts, ranging in size from 75 to 200 feet. Typically, the company launches between two and three yachts per year, and has four to six projects under construction at various stages of completion.

This article originally appeared in the October 2008 issue.

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