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Colonna's Shipyard to invest $30 million in Norfolk, Va., employ 51

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Colonna's Shipyard, a full-service ship repair facility and home of America's largest marine travel lift, will invest over $30 million to expand its operation in the City of Norfolk, Virginia, creating 51 new jobs.

The company will add a larger dry dock for working on today's largest ships, and also dredge and improve the channel and bulkhead. Colonna's Shipyard is located in the historic Berkley section of Norfolk and is the oldest continuous family-owned and operated private shipyard in the United States.

Colonna's Shipyard was founded in 1875 by Charles J. Colonna, a 26-year-old ship carpenter, using money that he had borrowed. Because money was short on supply, early business was limited to pier-side repairs.

Within two years, Charles had added his first marine railway that had a lift capacity of about 40 tons and was powered by two horses.

Today, Colonna's Shipyard occupies over 100 acres of land, with water access to over 3,000 feet of vessel/boat berthing space and lift capacity to accommodate all vessels up to 14,000 tons. It also has a marine travel lift capacity of 1,000 metric tons, the largest in the United States.

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