Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard has won a $60 million contract to build tunnel sections for a highway under Boston harbor, a company spokesman said today.
The work will employ several hundred shipbuilders, many who have been laid off, for the next 18 months.
"Ecstatic" was the way Lonnie Vick, business agent for Local 33 of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, described his reaction to the announcement.
Business at the shipyard has dwindled in recent years, so that now the union has only about 100 members working at the yard, Vick said. With the new contract, expected to employ 500 to 600 shipbuilders, many of the union's members who are laid off can return to work, Vick said.