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Burger to build 60-foot research vessel

A new 60-foot research vessel could increase employment at Burger Boat Co. and serve as a platform for Wisconsin environmental scientists to monitor Great Lakes fish populations.

The state's Department of Natural Resources said the vessel would cost nearly $2 million. It is expected by the end of this year, according to a report in the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Burger president Jim Ruffolo said Burger Boat employs about 250 people and the new contract "may bring back a few" workers who have been laid off.

"We will continue to focus on the custom yacht market, but are expanding into commercial, government, fire and rescue and foreign military," Ruffolo told the newspaper.

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