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.
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