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Bath Iron Works

 
HQ: Bath, ME   |  
Overview
Bath Iron Works has a long and proud history ranging from 1884 to present day. Following is a brief compilation of some events:

Brief Overview
The Bath Iron Works (BIW)
shipyard, located on the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, is the namesake of an iron foundry established in 1826. Brevet General Thomas W. Hyde, US Army (Ret) took over the foundry in 1865, following service with the 20th Maine Regiment during the Civil War. Nearly two decades later, he incorporated his diversified marine business interests as Bath Iron Works, Limited in 1884, before expanding into shipbuilding with the acquisition of the Goss Marine Iron Works in 1888. The first BIW-built vessel was a coastal passenger ship named Cottage City built for the Maine Steamship Co. Since the completion of Hull #1 in 1890, BIW has been awarded more than 425 shipbuilding contracts, including 245 military ships (mostly destroyers and frigates for the US Navy) and over 160 private yachts and commercial vessels. BIW became a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics in September 1995.

In terms of modern US Navy surface combatant programs, the Lead Ship construction contract for the FFG 7 Oliver Hazard Perry Class of guided missile frigates was awarded to BIW in 1973 and 24 of these surface combatants were delivered over the next 15 years. In 1982, the Navy selected BIW as second-source shipbuilder for the CG 47 Ticonderoga Class of AEGIS guided missile cruisers. The company went on to win contracts for eight of these warships, delivering the last one in 1993. In 1985 BIW won the competition for detail design and construction of DDG 51 (USS Arleigh Burke), the Lead Ship for the Navy’s newest, most capable class of AEGIS guided missile destroyers. BIW has delivered the lead ship and follow ships, with delivery of the last follow ship expected in 2010.

As the 21st century began, BIW solidified its industry leadership position by teaming with the City of Bath and the State of Maine in a long-term capital investment plan. With the modernization complete in 2001, BIW began building ships in its new state-of-the-art facility. These improvements will enable the company to offer unprecedented productivity, quality and affordability to our customer.
Culture
BIW is the leader in surface ship design and construction with a reputation for innovation and quality that sets the standards for the industry. Our products are the most technologically advanced naval ships in the world. We are part of the General Dynamics family – a global Fortune 500 company with over 72,000 employees worldwide. You can be part of this too. Bring your creativity and problem-solving skills and do what may be the most important work of your life. We're located on the coast of Maine in the City of Bath. This region offers unlimited recreational activities. You can enjoy kayaking, sailing, snowboarding, skiing, bicycling, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Maine is also known for its support of the arts and is rich with cultural opportunities. And Maine is one of the best places in the U.S. to raise a family. We're 2.5 hours from Boston and 45 minutes from Maine's largest city, Portland.
Benefits
Bath Iron Works offers a full package of employee benefits. While the packages differ depending upon whether you are a salaried or represented employee, all of the packages offer healthcare,401(k), disability insurance, life insurance, sick time, vacation, and holidays. Bath Iron Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Career Opportunities
November 12,2007
Bath Iron Works Awarded $142 Million for Work on DDG 1000 ZUMWALT Class Destroyers
Vision
Our Mission: The business we’re in
As part of the General Dynamics Marine Group, Bath Iron Works provides total Surface Navy Warfare Solutions for our Customers.

Utilizing state-of-the-art tools and processes our workforce delivers:
  • Unsurpassed leadership in systems engineering and platform integration
  • The highest quality research, development, engineering, design, construction and support
  • The best-built, most capable surface ships in the world
  • Comprehensive fleet support


Our Vision: The kind of company we want to be
Bath Iron Works
will be the Best Value provider of Surface Naval Combatant program management, engineering, design, shipbuilding and fleet support.
To achieve this vision we will:
  • Value EMPLOYEES as our most important resource
  • Ensure SAFETY and QUALITY in every stage of every process
  • Create VALUE for our customers, employees and shareholders
  • Demonstrate our CREDIBILITY by fulfilling commitments
  • Increase our TECHNOLOGY and INNOVATION leadership
People
Bath Iron Works is a General Dynamics company, located in Bath, Maine. Our employees have been building ships for over 100 years in a natural setting, close to rugged coastlines and outdoor recreation areas, in the beautiful State of Maine.

We are the premier designer and builder of technologically advanced naval ships, with a workforce consisting of highly skilled Tradespeople, such as Welders, Shipfitters, and Electricians. We also employ many Engineers, Project Managers, Analysts, and other professionals.
Products
BIW employees are premier designers and builders of complex, technologically advanced naval ships. Since the 1950's, BIW has served as lead shipyard for 10 surface ship classes produced by the U.S. Navy, more than any other U.S. shipyard. In 1995, BIW was purchased by General Dynamics, further enhancing the company's technological expertise and capabilities through key investments and access to the complementary capabilities of other General Dynamics companies.

Bath Iron Works today is the lead designer and builder of the ARLEIGH BURKE Class AEGIS guided missile destroyer, the most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world. BIW also provides a full array of life cycle services aimed at helping our Navy customer increase fleet operational readiness and reduce total ownership cost.
Contact
General Information
Bath Iron Works
700 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-3311