Signal International plans to hire an additional 200 workers

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Signal International in Jackson County wants to hire at least 200 people over the next six months to join its team.

The marine and fabrication company won a multi-million dollar contract this month to build up its workforce. The new hires are excepted give South Mississippi's economy a much needed boost.

Signal International is on the hunt now for skilled workers to handle the company's workload.

"We are hiring and yes, that is a good thing," Ronald Schnoor said.

The chief operation officer said about 600 people are already employed at the marine and fabrication yard in Jackson County. Signal wants put an extra 200 more workers on the roll.

"Pipefitters, welders, blasters, painters, electricians, machinists; in addition to that, we are hiring management personal, engineers."

Schnoor said thanks to the company's new $32.5 million contract, additional South Mississippians can be hired during these tough economic times. The new deal requires workers to give an old drilling ship a facelift.

"Every aspect of the ship will be touched in part by us; refurbished, repaired, renewed."

Schnoor said the contract will allow the company to continue pouring thousands of dollars into the surrounding communities.

"We will be buying a lot of supplies and much material, which will be coming from locals," Schnoor said.

The chief operating officer said there are four big projects in the works at the yard. He said with good team members, he's confident the company will get even more lucrative contracts to add to its list.

"All of which will provide a positive impact for the economy."

For more information on available jobs, call Signal International at (228) 762-0010 or visit

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