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Dravo Corporation

Dravo Corporation was a shipbuilding company with shipyards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. It was founded by Frank and Ralph Dravo in Pittsburgh in 1891.[1] The corporation went public in 1936 and in 1998 was bought out by Carmeuse for $192 million ($277.8 million today).[2] On March 5, 1942 it became the first corporation to receive the Army-Navy "E" Award for outstanding war time production.[3] Dravo ranked 72nd among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts.[4]


  • Neville Island shipyard, Pittsburgh - Started 1919, Constructed LST's during World War II employing 16,000, closed 1982.()
  • Wilmington Shipyard, Delaware, Employed 10,500 during World War II, constructing Destroyer escorts. Now closed. ()

External links

  • Heinz History Center Library and Archives
  • Dravo - Wilmington
    • Bethlehem - Wilmington (Prior activity before Dravo.
  • Dravo - Pittsburgh
  • Final Remedial action for cleanup at Wilmington
  • Historical Marker


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  4. ^ Peck, Merton J. & Scherer, Frederic M. The Weapons Acquisition Process: An Economic Analysis (1962) Harvard Business School p.619
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