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Wisconsin ship builder looking to hire

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A northeastern Wisconsin yacht builder won a multi-million dollar contract with a Dutch company and now plans to hire 150 people.

Marquis Yachts, in Pulaski, struck the deal with VanDutch Marine of Holland, which says its initial order is for 420 boats.

Marquis expects to hire as many as 70 people in the next month or two, and company president Robert VanGrunsven says hiring has already begun.

The new jobs pay $14 to $16 an hour. The manufacturing jobs include cabinet making, fiberglass and upholstery work, company officials said.

"It's a big shot in the arm, and a huge economic step in the right direction," Pulaski Village President Reed Woodward told WLUK-TV.

Marquis Yachts was formerly Carver Yachts, owned by Genmar Holdings. Genmar filed for bankruptcy in 2009 due to the recession, but the boat yard became solvent with new owners in 2010 under the Marquis name.

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