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Updated: 11:17 p.m. on June 25, 2020

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- After hosting a town hall with Fox News host Sean Hannity in Green Bay, President Donald Trump addressed a shipbuilding company in Marinette, Wisconsin which is receiving a massive government contract.

The president touted a $5.5 billion navy contract awarded to Fincantieri in Marinette.

He spoke to hundreds of the company's workers both lining the state and on that combat ship that this contract is looking to improve on.

After touring the Fincantieri facility in Marinette, President Donald Trump told the workers the best is yet to come.

"Not long ago, the future of this historic shipyard was looking -- can I use the word bleak? Yes, I think I can. You were down to 44 people. I was getting ready to close up. Then a lot of good things came along."

A Navy contract announced in late April is expected to employ at least 1,000 additional workers and keep workers employed for decades.

"This will be not only for my generation but my son's generation and future generations," said production manager Gary Ihde. "It's long-term sustainable growth."

Trump says the contract will allow the company to build the most advanced ships in the US Navy.

"They gave me a beautiful model that's absolutely -- it's like a yacht with missiles on it, OK?"

President Donald Trump says the contract shows his commitment to growing the military.

"There is no budget when it comes to our military because we don't want the wrong people running up the front lawn of the White House," he said.

The speech in Marinette marked the end of a very busy week for the White House in Wisconsin, including visits from both Vice President Mike Pence and two stops from President Donald Trump.

From there, he flew back to Washington D.C.

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Posted: 10:39 a.m. on June 25, 2020

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- President Donald Trump made two stops in Wisconsin on Thursday, June 25. He first held a town hall meeting with Fox News host Sean Hannity in Green Bay, then spoke at a ship building yard in Marinette. 

Before Pres. Trump appeared at the shipyard, CBS 58 talked to some of the workers who lined up to hear him speak. 

They were pleased about the visit and especially about the navy contact for their employer. 

"It's gonna be great. Lot of work coming up for people and job security for the next 15-20 years," said shipyard worker, Brian Johnson. 

"Great opportunity. To see a president. Doesn't happen every day," said Michael Ryder, shipyard worker. 

Not only will the contract keep them working but it's expected to add 1,000 new jobs to the area. 

The President will tout a $5.5 billion navy contract for the ship building company, Fincantieri Marinette Marine

He's expected to tour the Marinette company shortly before 4 p.m., and then give remarks for the employees there. 

The contract was awarded last month. It is expected to bring 1,000 new jobs to the area, and allow the company to build more combat-type ships. 

The combination of events gives Pres. Trump more attention in the battleground state of Wisconsin, as the campaign heats up before the November election. 

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