• Port of Skagit Completes Facility Expansion for Mavrik Marine

    June 05, 2021
    La Conner, WA:  Mavrik Marine has moved into their much-needed expanded manufacturing space at the La Conner Marina.  A ribbon-cutting event was held on May 27th to celebrate the official completion of the building.
     
    Construction of the 17,266 square foot Port-owned manufacturing facility on Pearle Jensen Way was completed this spring, adjacent to Mavrik’s office and existing manufacturing building.
     
    Mavrik Marine specializes in the construction of aluminum commercial boats.  This new, larger facility will accommodate the construction of boats that are simply too large for their existing space.  Mavrik is under contract to build up to five high-speed, 300+ passenger ferries for the San Francisco Bay Water Emergency Transportation Authority, or WETA.
     
    The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) supported the project with $3-million in a combination of grant and low-interest loan funding, while Skagit County provided $300,000 in economic development grant funding for public infrastructure.  “The Port has been very successful in leveraging funding opportunities for public-private partnerships that are helping businesses expand their footprint and create more jobs,” stated Port Commissioner Kevin Ware. 
     
    Mavrik Marine was also able to secure federal funding through the U.S. Maritime Administration, commonly known as MARAD, to support the purchase of manufacturing equipment for the new facility.
     
    Mavrik Marine anticipates adding 25-30 new jobs with this expansion and growth.  The Port of Skagit’s mission is “Good Jobs for the Skagit Valley” and the Port focusses on economic development opportunities in four main sectors including marine manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing, general manufacturing and value-added agriculture.