April 19, 2014 11:49 PM ET

Machinery

Company Overview of Signal International, LLC

Company Overview

Signal International, LLC provides new construction, upgrades, and repair of all types of offshore drilling rigs, floating production units, and inland and offshore drilling, and derrick barges. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Signal International, LLC operates as a former subsidiary of Friede Goldman Halter Inc.

601 Bayou Casotte Parkway

11 North Water Street

Pascagoula, MS 39581

United States

Founded in 2002

Phone:

228-762-0010

Fax:

228-762-6917

Key Executives for Signal International, LLC

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Texas Division
Age: 59
Vice President of Business Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Signal International, LLC Key Developments

The Southern Poverty Law Center Announces Five More Lawsuits on Behalf of 60 Workers Against Signal International, LLC

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that five more lawsuits on behalf of 60 workers have been filed this week against Signal International, LLC, accusing the shipbuilder and its network of recruiters and labor brokers of trafficking 500 Indian guest workers to the United States and forcing them to work under barbaric conditions. The new lawsuits are part of an unprecedented effort by some of the nation's most prestigious law firms to prosecute, on a pro bono basis, multiple human trafficking lawsuits against Signal. In addition to the lawsuits filed this week, three law firms filed lawsuits on behalf of 83 guest workers in May, 2013. The lawsuits follow David v. Signal International LLC, which was filed by the SPLC in 2008 on behalf of 12 named plaintiffs and a class of Indian guest workers. After the court denied class certification for the lawsuit, the SPLC contacted more than half a dozen law firms, which enthusiastically agreed to represent individual guest workers for free. DLA Piper is suing Signal in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on behalf of four guest workers. Equal Justice Center and University of Texas Law School Transnational Worker Rights Clinic are suing Signal in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on behalf of 16 guest workers. Fredrikson & Byron P.A. is suing Signal in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on behalf of 10 guest workers. McDermott Will and Emery is suing Signal in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on behalf of two guest workers. Skadden Arps is suing Signal in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on behalf of 28 guest workers. The lawsuits allege that Signal and its agents defrauded guest workers out of millions of dollars in exorbitant "recruitment fees" and falsely promised help in applying for and obtaining permanent U.S. residence. The guest workers sold family property and heirlooms, and incurred crippling debt, to each pay as much as $25,000 to Signal. Once these workers were lured to Signal's Pascagoula, Miss., and Orange, Texas, shipyards, they were forced to live in overcrowded, unsanitary and racially segregated labor camps. The living conditions not only endangered the guest workers' health and psychological well-being, but these workers were assigned the most dangerous and difficult jobs due to their race, ethnicity, religion and national origin. They also were threatened with financial ruin and deportation if they balked.

Indian Guest Workers Sue Signal International LLC in Mississippi and Texas

Dozens of Indian guest workers are suing Signal International LLC, claiming it financially exploited them and forced them to live in squalid conditions after bringing them to work at Gulf Coast shipyards after Hurricane Katrina. Three federal lawsuits backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center were filed in Mississippi and Texas on behalf of 83 people who worked for Signal International LLC after the 2005 storm slammed into the coast. The plaintiffs claim Signal used the federal government's H-2B guest worker program to recruit them to work as welders and pipefitters at its facilities in Pascagoula, Miss., and Orange, Texas. The suit alleges Signal falsely promised to help the workers apply for and receive greens cards.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Contracts with Signal International, LLC

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced the execution of definitive contracts for the construction of a 15,000-cubic-yard-capacity Trailing Suction Hopper Barge and 14,000-horsepower Tug. The company has contracted with Signal International, LLC, for the construction of both vessels, with an option to build an additional dredge, should domestic or international market conditions warrant. Signal International will perform the detail design and construct the dredge in Orange, Texas based on a patent pending engineered design and performance specification provided by Great Lakes. The aggregate cost of the initial dredge is expected to be approximately $94 million.

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