“Our economic development team will also develop a comprehensive facility assessment, reuse and marketing plan, including identification and pursuit of additional shipbuilders that could utilize the site, as well as non-shipbuilding manufacturers and other potential job-creating projects.
“While not a certainty – during my Monday meeting with Northrop Grumman, we discussed a potential federal solution that would enable Avondale to produce two more LPD ships, which would extend the announced closure date from 2013 to about 2015. Our Congressional delegation is meeting with Secretary Mabus to discuss this and other possible alternatives.
“No matter what though – we will exhaust every possible avenue before us to save the jobs in this area.”
(Press release from Governor Jindal's office)