Target Industries

The Mississippi Coast is strategically positioned in the southeastern aerospace corridor, home to industry-leading global firms and the location of NASA’s John C. John C. Stennis Space Center.   We are a global leader for several top industry sectors including aerospace and defense, composites, unmanned aerial vehicles, propulsion systems and geospatial and remote sensing.  We provide unique advantages for aerospace and defense companies:

  • Located along Interstate 10, in the heart of the fastest growing aerospace corridor in the U.S.
  • Within close proximity to the Airbus’ Mobile facility and other Original Equipment Manufacturers in the southeast
  • Three aerospace parks with more than 1,500 developable acres
  • Home to NASA’s John C. John C. Stennis Space Center, the largest rocket engine test complex in North America
  • Home to the FAA’s National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Direct access for UAS testing in the warning and restricted airspace of the Gulf of Mexico.


Advanced manufacturing plays a critical role on the Mississippi Coast where we combine a skilled and trainable workforce, a low-cost business friendly environment and a history of innovation in R&D, all combined to meet today’s advanced manufacturing demands.  Our central location, along the I-10 corridor and our existing infrastructure, put companies in close proximity to major U.S. markets.  

Our manufacturing industries are diverse and include sectors producing intermediate and finished products ranging from advanced polymers, to aerospace components, to composite fabrication for the shipbuilding industry.  The Mississippi Coast’s manufacturing jobs pay on average annual wage of $68,535 and our companies and products play a major role in the global marketplace.


Located along the energy-rich oil and gas fields of the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Coast contains Foreign Trade Zone #92, competitive incentives and crucial workforce training programs. Our energy assets include 12 major natural gas pipelines (statewide), Chevron’s largest domestic refinery and several smaller refineries, oil and natural gas production, petroleum and petroleum products pipelines, electricity generation and biomass.

The Mississippi Coast has been a hot spot for energy investments in recent years, including Chevrons $1.4 billion base oil project and $1.1 billion for Kinder Morgan’s LNG terminal.

Specialty Chemicals

The Mississippi Coast is home to various specialty chemical companies such as Chemours, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Calgon Carbon, DAK Americas, and SNF-Polychemie.  We have existing infrastructure in place to support growth of this industry, with large sites available that have access to Class I railroads and both deep water and shallow draft ports.  The labor pool is also skilled in chemicals processing, with local community college programs in place to supply skilled workers for growth in this industry.

The Mississippi Coast offers shipbuilders access to three ports, providing deep-water and shallow draft access to worldwide commerce.  Our strategic location provides an unparalleled advantage, and a large U.S. Navy presence is an important asset to many shipbuilders.

It’s easy to see why a number of shipbuilding companies have chosen to locate or expand here in recent years, including some of the leading names in the shipbuilding and maritime industries — Huntington Ingalls Industries, U.S. Marine Inc., VT Halter Marine Inc., Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Gulf Ship, Signet Maritime, and Rolls Royce. Huntington-Ingalls is the largest private employer in the state of Mississippi and has produced warships for the U.S. Navy and other government customers since the 1930’s.

The Mississippi Coast region has an extensive and growing unmanned aircraft systems footprint, including manufacturing, aerospace engineering and testing, flight operations, academic credentialing, along with military operations and support.  The region contains ample restricted and warning airspace for testing and training activities, either over the Gulf of Mexico or in a riverine environment.

The unlimited air and water space in our area plays a huge advantage to the many unmanned system companies here. The Central Meteorology Command at John C. Stennis Space Center is involved in the production, deployment and retrieval of underwater unmanned vehicles for the U.S. Navy. The air contemporary of unmanned systems is Northrup Grumman’s Navy Scout and Triton as well as the Air Force’s Global Hawk Platform constructed and tested in Pascagoula. The inclusion of the Department of Homeland Security’ s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration Range Facility among various sites in the region has made this area a primary source of manufacturing and testing of unmanned systems.

We work closely with Mississippi State University, who is a global leader in UAS research, testing and development. Additionally, there are multiple programs through Pearl River Community College that offer both academic and hands-on curriculum and is available to both active military and civilians.

The Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) is managing the research that will help the FAA make the rules and establish the procedures for safely flying unmanned aircraft systems.

Led by Mississippi State University and based at John C. Stennis Space Center, ASSURE is composed of 22 leading research institutions and more than 100 industry and government partners working worldwide.

ASSURE was chosen as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, beating out proposals by some of the nation’s top universities. 


The Department of Homeland Security selected several sites along the Mississippi Coast as the new base of operations for their research and development project for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after a rigorous and highly competitive review process. The new DHS S&T Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration Range Facility will support homeland security operations and training by providing UAS flight and exercise support facilities that will support operational evaluation of UAS in a variety of applications and scenarios. Testing facilities are located at Port Bienville Industrial Park, Stennis International Airport, John C. Stennis Space Center’s restricted airspace, Camp Shelby, and other sites in North Mississippi.

The Mississippi Partnership includes the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, the Mississippi National Guard’s Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, the Mississippi Air National Guard’s Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, and the Jackson County Port Authority.

Our strategic position, along the Gulf of Mexico, is a prime location for testing and training on both underwater and surface underwater vehicles.  Strategic planning is currently underway to identify assets that are integral to this type of testing.  – ADD information about Navy at SSC


The Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) is a worldwide organization that directs and oversees collection, processing and exploitation of accurate, relevant and timely oceanographic, meteorological, hydrographic, and precise time and astrometric information. CNMOC has approximately 2,500 globally distributed military and civilian personnel.  In addition to the command’s headquarters, four of its subordinate commands – the Naval Oceanographic Office, Fleet Survey Team, Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center and Naval Oceanography Anti-Submarine Warfare Center, are also located at John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC).  In addition to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis is home to the Naval Research Laboratory, the NOAA National Data Buoy Center, the University of Southern Mississippi Marine Science program along with various industry tenants. These agencies also have broad expertise in unmanned system employment tactics, techniques and procedures.

There are multiple natural gas pipelines that extend through the area, the Destin Pipeline, Gulf South Pipeline and Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The Destin Pipeline is a 255-mile natural gas pipeline system that runs from the central Gulf of Mexico to Mississippi and extending north, where it connects with nine major interstate gas pipelines and can carry 1.2 billion cubic feet per day.

There are 12 private distribution natural gas companies, six private direct sales natural gas companies and 48 municipal natural gas systems serving Mississippi. Thirteen interstate pipeline companies and four major gas storage facilities supply Mississippi distributors through 11,000 miles of interstate and intrastate natural gas and crude oil transmission pipelines.

Jindal Tubular U.S.A, LLC – Jindal Tubular U.S.A LLC is a premier manufacturer of large diameter, high pressure steel pipe utilizing state-of-the-art helical submerged arc welding (“HSAW”) technology. Located in Hancock County, the Company’s manufacturing and coating plant is one of the most modern and technologically advanced in the world. The plant is capable of producing over 375,000 tons of pipe per year with diameters ranging from 18″ to 120″ and lengths up to 80′. The Company’s pipes are used primarily for natural gas, petroleum and water transmission lines and construction pilings.