MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Despite the bad economy, a multi-million dollar fabrication and machine business has taken a big gamble and opened its doors in Moss Point. DZ Atlantic, a subsidiary of Day and Zimmermann, rebuilt the old glove factory. The building went up in flames last year.
DZ Atlantic has breathed new life into the site on Jefferson Street in Moss Point. Manager Bob McNeese said the new facility is a wonderful addition to the city.
"We have got a fabrication facility, about 180,000 square feet. We have some state of the art equipment," McNeese said.
The 22 acre property has five other production shops, which have had a major facelift. President Keith Hollingsworth said company leaders hope by investing millions of dollars in this community, it will attract large industrial customers and, hopefully, reduce outsourcing.
"Use local people and local talent, and not have go out of state to get these types of services performed."
Hollingsworth said business has been slow lately due the economy. He has 25 employees and is optimistic he'll be able to add more workers as more contracts roll in.
"It is our intent, within the next year, to have between 150 and 300 people working here, depending on the economic recovery."
Machine Shop Supervisor Philip Herr is happy to see more businesses take a chance on Moss Point.
"This company is providing stable jobs and good benefits in a climate that needs more work," Herr said.
U.S. Representative Gene Taylor toured the Moss Point facility Wednesday. Business Manager McNeese said DZ Atlantic Company's yearly profit is about $400 million.