WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced marine and naval systems developer and manufacturer LBI Corp in Groton is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” LBI Corp was founded by Peter Legnos in 1971, originally specializing in the designing and manufacturing of sailboats. LBI’s sailboat designs include the Mystic 20 Cat, Mystic 30, Mystic Ali Cat 20, Mystic River Cat 15 and the Legnos 35 Commercial powerboat.

In the 1970’s LBI began designing and manufacturing components for General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, New London. By the mid-1980s, LBI began to collaborate with General Dynamic Electric Boat to design, develop, and consult on procedures and methods for application of the Special-Hull-Treatment for the Mold-In-Place program for the Seawolf-class and Virginia-class submarines. The success of their work with Electric Boat led to LBI developing and manufacturing many more components for the U.S. Navy over the past 40 years. Research and Development at LBI includes the Large Displacement Underwater Unmanned Vehicle, “Innovative Naval Prototype” for the Office of Naval Research and Mine Hunting and Neutralization Systems for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Pacific that are in use today.

LBI was recently awarded a 5-year $5.4 million contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Combatant Craft Division to design and manufacture a carbon fiber composite launch and recovery system for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles from a Navy 11-meter Rigid-Hulled inflatable boat. This 500-pound system replaces a 2000-pound system.  

LBI Corp’s President Peter Legnos is a founding member of the Naval and Maritime Consortium, whose mission is to build the supply chain for naval and maritime production, development and research through teaming and business development. The consortium, which is based in Connecticut, is comprised primarily of small and medium sized businesses.

“I’m proud to highlight Peter and LBI Corp for almost 50 years of service to the manufacturing industry in Connecticut,” said Murphy. “Their designs and products help our Navy keep us safe. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.”

“LBI is dedicated to developing, engineering and manufacturing the best systems for the Naval and Maritime community. I am passionate about developing the Naval and Maritime supply chain for the many unique and qualified small and medium sized companies in Connecticut and to attract companies to Connecticut to reinvigorate the Naval and Maritime stature that was originally established during the American Revolution,” said Peter Legnos, President of LBI Corp.

The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating our state’s economic recovery. Today, Connecticut’s 4,600 manufacturers account for 10% of the state’s jobs and 87% of the state’s total exports. In order to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy has introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to strengthen existing standards and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods, the Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.