Southeast Mississippi is home to some of the top plastics/polymer industries in the world.
In fact, more than 350 plastics/polymer companies are located in the state, and an additional 100+ chemical-related companies have Mississippi locations.
Leading Advanced Materials Companies in Southeast Mississippi
- DAK Americas
- Excel Injection Molding
- GE Aviation
- Heritage Plastics
- Hybrid Plastics
- Resinall Corp.
- SABIC Innovative Plastics
- Seemann Composites
- Western Container
Mississippi Polymer Institute
The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) is a full-service technical and scientific resource for polymer-related industries. MPI is located within The Accelerator, a 60,000 square-foot, fully furnished science-based incubator designed to cultivate innovative ideas from mind to market. MPI also incorporates the world's only National Formulation Science Laboratory, which provides researchers with the ability to conduct hundreds of experiments simultaneously, resulting in the reduction of development cost and time.
MPI's mission is to assist Mississippi-based companies in remaining globally competitive by making available state-of-the-art technologies, and deploying that technology on behalf of those companies. The Institute accomplishes this mission by providing services in four key areas:
- Analytical Testing
- Contract R&D
- Rapid Prototyping & CAD
- Workforce Development
Additionally, the Institute is a NIST certified Manufacturing Extension Partnership through the Department of Commerce, and in this capacity delivers workforce development courses on topics ranging from injection molding and extrusion to advanced business management principals of lean manufacturing.
The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg, is a national leader in the area of polymer science, with one of the top programs in the United States. In fact, U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks the University of Southern Mississippi's graduate program in polymer science as one of the top ten in the nation.
Today, approximately 40 professional and college football teams are using the Rawlings Neuro Responsive Gear (NRG) helmet, which protects the athletes by absorbing energy from high-velocity contact. The technology behind the helmet was developed at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.
Recognized as a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity), the University of Southern Mississippi is the only university in the U.S. to offer a standalone bachelor's degree in Polymer Science as well as a bachelor's degree in Polymers and Engineering. The University also offers a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Polymer Science and Engineering. They are the first in the U.S. to offer an online Master of Science degree specific to composites engineering workforce training.
In addition, students in Mississippi can begin their training in advanced materials at the high school level. This specialized training emphasizes basic knowledge in plastics and polymer science. The program not only introduces students to the field of plastics and polymer manufacturing, but also prepares them for employment or continued education in this growing industry.