Monday, May 31, 2010

What's that "Giant Sucking Sound"?


Giant sucking sound

Don't look for shipbuilding executive Richard McCreary to book any summer vacation plans along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

McCreary is president of Wisconsin's Marinette Marine, which is competing with Mobile's Austal USA for a lucrative contract to build Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S. Navy.

McCreary told a business luncheon in Madison, Wis., last week that the contract could bring thousands of jobs to northeast Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

"If we win this contract, the giant sucking sound you hear will be people (who work in shipyards) leaving the Gulf Coast to come up here," said McCreary, according to

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