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Wisconsin boatyard adds jobs for new orders

At least 100 jobs will return to Sturgeon Bay, Wis., with the recent sale of what will be the largest Palmer Johnson yacht built in Door County.

Moran Yacht and Ship, based in Fort Lauderdale, recently announced the sale of the 215-foot yacht called Project Stimulus, which is already under construction in Sturgeon Bay. And Palmer Johnson president Mike Kelsey told the Door County Advocate newspaper that two large yachts have been sold in the last 60 days.

“We're very happy for the community of Sturgeon Bay,” Kelsey said. “We are continuing to build a third in the yard now, along with other potential projects in the works. We expect our employment to be 150 to 200 over the next two years.”

The 215-footer is the largest yacht sold this year for Moran and the largest built by Palmer Johnson in Sturgeon Bay. It has twin engines and six cabins with room for 12 guests, including the captain.

Project Stimulus is one of four yachts in various stages of construction in the Palmer Johnson yard, Kelsey said.

The recent Palmer Johnson sale is the fifth yacht that Moran has sold in the past four years.

“This will mean jobs for plumbers, electricians and a trickle-down effect for Sturgeon Bay,” Moran marketing representative Chris Callahan told the newspaper. “It will add at least 100 jobs and 500 additional jobs for associated industries and service companies.”

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