The Austal president also said the shipbuilder has benefited from its collaboration with AIDT, a division of the Alabama Department of Commerce that is the state’s workforce training agency, and its strong relationship with state and local officials. (Read a story about AIDT’s Maritime Training Center.)
“The partnership between the state of Alabama and industry is really second to none from what I have seen,” Perciavalle said. “That is something that is very important for us and for other industries going forward. That’s the main reason people are attracted to come into the state, and it’s paying dividends.”
He added that Alabama’s right-to-work status has been an important factor for his company.
Citing decisions by companies such as Airbus and Remington Outdoor Co. to open major Alabama manufacturing centers, Perciavalle told Sims the state is on track to become an “incredible economic powerhouse going forward.”
“That’s something we are excited to be part of,” he told Sims.