Booming American Tugs offers worker training


October 18, 2023

Image of boats in line in various stages of being built.

Nancy Crowell

FULL LINE UP–American Tugs has multiple boats in various stages of assembly at its Pearle Jensen Way manufacturing facility in La Conner.

When Port of Skagit officials unveiled preliminary plans last year for long-range re-development at La Conner Marina, workforce housing was a key variable for future investment.

Port leadership emphasized that its maritime tenants are engaged in growth industries and will better expand their labor forces to meet market demands when more local housing is available.

Consider American Tugs, on Pearle Jensen Way, a boatbuilding firm whose top-of-the-line pleasure craft feature rugged hulls like those used in the Alaska salmon fishery. The company, which dates to 2000, produces semi-custom ves...

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