Naval Foundry Celebrates 100 Years; Now Doubling Workforce

by Navy Yard
February 8, 2019

Categories: History, Tenants,

Built in 1918 during the twilight of World War I, the original foundry building operated as part of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until 1995. The foundry still operates from that same building today, and forms the heart of what is now a 100 year old institution. 

2018 was a year of celebration and growth for the Naval Foundry and Propeller Center (NFPC).

As a key part of the U.S. Navy’s manufacturing capabilities, NFPC employs a growing workforce of over 300 civilian employees who manufacture parts for U.S. Navy vessels. “We are proud to honor our past, while looking forward to what we expect to be an exciting and productive future,” said Officer-in-Charge, William Craig.

NFPC’s newest mission is to produce parts for the Navy’s new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, a weapons system that will constitute a major part of the U.S. nuclear deterrence capability.  “The Columbia-class submarine production is a very important program for the Navy,” said Craig. “And we are honored to be part of something so impactful.”

In anticipation of this increased demand for its services, NFPC held a career fair at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at the Philadelphia Airport on January 26th. Over 300 people attended the fair, and 29 job offers were made on the spot. NFPC expects to double its workforce by the end of its current period of expansion. “The Navy is making significant investments into our facility, and so not only are we installing new equipment and constructing new facilities, we are also looking to hire for approximately 200 new positions.,” said Craig.

Open positions include welders, engineers, mechanics, laborers and anyone with experience working with metals or doing complex mechanical work.

Anyone interested in applying for a position at NFPC should e-mail their resume and questions to: