Edison Chouest Offshore Locating Shipbuilding Operations in Gulfport, Mississippi
Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi and officials from Edison Chouest Offshore, an offshore energy service and supply company, announced today the company is locating shipbuilding operations at the Port of Gulfport in Gulfport, Miss. The project represents a $68 million corporate investment and will create 1,000 full-time jobs.
Edison Chouest Offshore’s new Gulfport operations, TopShip, LLC, will be located at the Port of Gulfport’s new inland port on Seaway Road. The company will be operating at the former Huntington Ingalls Composite Facility, which was acquired by the Port in March 2015.
“Edison Chouest Offshore has been successfully producing quality vessels for decades, and through its business affiliate TopShip, 1,000 Mississippians on the Gulf Coast will have the opportunity to continue that tradition of quality,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi has a proven track record in the shipbuilding industry, and we are proud to welcome TopShip to the state. The state of Mississippi looks forward to many years partnership with this great company.”
“I would like to personally thank Governor Phil Bryant, MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, State Port Authority Executive Director Jonathan Daniels and their staffs for the warm welcome and assistance they have extended to TopShip,” said Edison Chouest Offshore President and CEO Gary Chouest. “We are indeed excited about the opportunities to grow TopShip in a business friendly state, one where we can reach out into the community to recruit various skill sets, developing a quality workforce that will allow TopShip not only to compete locally, but also globally. The strategic location of TopShip will allow us to take advantage of the deepwater Port of Gulfport and their future expansion plans.”
On Feburary 5, the Mississippi Legislature voted on an incentive package in support of the project. Lawmakers approved $11 million through the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority – $10 million in discretionary grants and $1 million for workforce training. The Port of Gulfport, through its restoration budget, is also providing $25 million in Katrina-CDBG funds for infrastructure improvements. The city of Gulfport and Harrison County are providing personal property tax abatements in support of the project.
“Shipbuilding is a strategically important economic driver for the Gulf Coast and the entire state of Mississippi,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., “and Edison Chouest Offshore’s decision to locate in Gulfport strengthens the state’s leadership in the industry. We look forward to Edison Chouest Offshore’s success in Mississippi for generations to come.”
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