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Metal Fabrication

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Southeast Mississippi is at the center of the largest shipbuilding region in the nation, and it is home to the biggest shipbuilder of them all – Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls, as well as VT Halter Marine and Rolls-Royce Naval Marine. Jackson County, Mississippi, is where most of the nation's surface warships are built, as well as crucial equipment for deepwater exploration.

Meridian is home to Tower Automotive, a production facility of Tower International, a leading integrated global manufacturer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies. The company supplies the automotive industry with body-structure stampings, frames and other chassis structures, as well as complex welded assemblies for small and large cars, crossovers, pickups and SUVs.

Four manufacturing facilities of Howard Industries are located in Jones County. The Utility Products Division of Howard Industries is a leading manufacturer of electrical distribution equipment used by electric utility companies, and by commercial and industrial companies worldwide. Its products include distribution transformers, power transformers, voltage regulators, switching/sectionalizing cabinets, junction boxes, and transformer components.

The automotive industry is one of several manufacturing industries that are supported by metal production. But the growing presence of automotive assembly plants in the southern United States certainly influenced Severstal to join a number of other steel and metal fabrication companies in Mississippi.

John Correnti, then-president of Severstal, said the decision to locate the steel mill in Lowndes County, Mississippi, was driven by the site's proximity to the growing number of automotive producers located in the southern United States, access to low cost and reliable electric power, a well-trained and committed workforce, and the supportive, business-friendly environment in Mississippi.

Severstal along with Nucor Steel and almost 300 other steel and metal fabrication facilities have forged a great future in Mississippi and employ almost 15,000 workers. Mississippi offers these companies access to outstanding water transportation, reliable electricity and a supportive business climate that includes an expedited environmental permitting process.

Leading Metal Fabrication Companies in Southeast Mississippi

  • Ci Metal Fabrication
  • Howard Industries
  • Howse Implement Company, Inc.
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Co.
  • Laurel Machine & Foundry
  • New Age Steel
  • Rolls-Royce Naval Marine
  • Tower Automotive
  • VT Halter Marine

A Trained and Ready Workforce

The WIRED Grant launched a consortium of three community colleges – Mississippi Gulf Coast, Pearl River and Jones County – that conducted a workforce analysis and created a development program centered on the metal working trades. The purpose was to connect future and current students to the growth and development opportunities within this sector. The training program was built on the existing demand-driven workforce development needs. The capacity and curriculum developed to meet this high demand, high growth area in south Mississippi will enable this sector of the economy to grow.

The Maritime Academy is a $20 million, 76,000-square-foot maritime training facility in Pascagoula, MS. With this facility, Ingalls expanded its existing two- to four-year apprentice program to about 1,000 students. Through this intense training program, students learn advanced manufacturing skills and a working knowledge of industry-specific computer technology.

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