Bath's Fighting Company

Yankee craftsmanship is still shipshape at the Iron Works

At a time when foreign competitors have forced U.S. manufacturers to change their management styles and worry about the quality of everything from cameras to automobiles, the Bath Iron Works in Maine is doing business as usual. With abundant quantities of Yankee pride and craftsmanship, BIW's more than 6,700 employees continue to build ships under budget and ahead of schedule. That is normal for the Bath Iron Works, but it is a rarity in the defense industry, which is plagued with cost overruns.

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