Signal International Receives American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

MOBILE, AL–27 AUG 2009–Signal International, LLC. is pleased to announce it has been selected by the Maritime Administration as a recipient of the grant award funding within the DOT American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The grant will enable the Company to move forward with the next phase of their expansion for a world-class Lean Manufacturing process. The continuous improvement manufacturing strategy was first put into effect at Signal’s Orange, Texas facility and is aggressively being implemented in the Pascagoula, MS facility.

Specific funding will be used to expand steel fabrication capabilities through a more semi-automated panel line operation in Orange. Having establishing best practice in the Texas facility will enable the company to quickly apply the Lean Manufacturing process in Mississippi. The ARRA grant will allow Signal’s Pascagoula facility to execute the continuous improvement process ahead of schedule and procure the following equipment; a profile cutting system, semi-auto beveller, 750-ton brake press, and roll form press.

Signal, through strong internal leadership, has aggressively identified and implemented Lean Programs to achieve world-class status in all aspects of its business. “The funding for equipment, along with internal programs, enables Signal to compete in all marine fabrication markets and secure new global business for the U.S. Gulf Coast, said Dick Marler, Signal’s CEO and President, and allow us to sustain employment in the local areas.”

About Signal International: Signal International, LLC, is one of the largest marine and fabrication companies in the Gulf of Mexico providing repair, upgrade, new construction and fabrication services to the offshore and marine industry. Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Signal currently employs over 1,000 workers in its six production facilities, two in Mississippi and four in Texas.

For more information, contact:
Joe Roche
Tel: 281-899-2121
E-mail: jroche@signalint.com