Submarines
11:47 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Changes at Electric Boat in Groton

Electric Boat outgoing president Kevin Poitras.
Electric Boat outgoing president Kevin Poitras.
Credit Electric Boat

The president of Electric Boat, Kevin Poitras, has announced his retirement, just over a year after taking the reins at the Groton submarine yard. He'll be succeeded in the top job by Jeffrey Geiger, who's currently president of the Bath Iron Works in Maine. The two yards are both owned by General Dynamics.

Poitras garnered praise for his tenure at Electric Boat, where he's worked since the early 1970s. Second district Congressman Joe Courtney noted particularly his relationships with local colleges to develop training and mentoring opportunities.

Meanwhile, security officers at the submarine builder have voted not to unionize. About 80 officers at Electric Boat were eligible to vote Wednesday to decide whether to join the Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America. The final tally was 45 against, with 33 voting for unionization.