PORTSMOUTH, N. H. – It’s a familiar sight: the employees of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the staff at the Port Inn palling around on a first-name basis in the lobby of the hotel. You are catching up, cracking jokes and discussing the events of the day.
The Hotel is located about four miles from the sprawling PNSY in Kittery, Maine, is the Port Inn has been home to a surrogate family and for entrepreneurs and employees of the nearby shipyard.
This year, the inn owner, Mark Bouzianis says up to 30 percent of his business comes from the PNSY. Currently, about 20 of the 56 rooms at the boutique hotel are rented by government employees.
“Over the years, the shipyard was a very big part in our business,” he said on Fox News but added that this year the demand is higher than normal. “It’s not like that every year.”
In the context of this year’s success can be attributed to a wave of new hires at the PNSY.
Nearly every town within a 50-mile radius of the naval base has benefited from the success of the Navy-yard. When PNSY is doing well, entrepreneurs like Bouzianis do well.
New Hampshire-democratic sen. Jeanne Shaheen said on Fox News that the shipyard is “crucial to our national security, but is also a critical economic engine for New Hampshire’s coast.”
“The caliber of people, the rent is really high,” Bouzianis said.
Valerie Rochon, President of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, told Fox News, the impact of the shipyard was, “wonderful and positive effect on the community.”
In 2016, the shipyard, the shipyard made 650 new hires and a share of $756.1 million in total economic activity, according to an annual report from the coast Association.
It 6,914 civilian jobs with a payroll of about $496.2 million dollars – an increase of more than 14 million US in 2015.
In New Hampshire, 2,535 civilian employees from 58 municipalities paid $million 177.7.