The following is the text of a press release issued by the American Shipbuilding Association:
(WASHINGTON) — The Board of Directors of the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) announced today its decision to dissolve the organization effective December 31, 2010. The decision comes after a review of the organizationâ€™s charter and changes in the industry landscape convinced the Board that another approach was needed to address the industryâ€™s issues in Washington.
â€œThe structural changes underway in the U.S. shipbuilding industry and the recent decision by Cynthia Brown to step down as president of the Association have afforded the opportunity to take a hard look at the direction the industry needs to take in the months and years ahead to ensure our voice is heard in Washington and across the country,â€ said Fred Harris, Chairman of American Shipbuilding Association. â€œWe concluded that the American Shipbuilding Association had served its purpose and that in light of the structural changes occurring in the industry, a new approach was required going forward. What that approach will look like will be the subject of ongoing discussions among the membership.â€
The Board wishes to thank Ms. Brown and her staff for their years of service and wishes her well as she engages in future opportunities.
ASA is the national trade association that represents Americaâ€™s premier shipbuilders. The ASA also includes as partners, more than 100 companies engaged in the manufacture of ship systems and components, repair and technical services.