Future Pipe Industries Expands Gulfport Project Plans

Future Pipe Industries brought welcome news to the coast when it announced plans to build a multi million dollar manufacturing plant in Gulfport.

However, those plans have now changed.

But the change will make the pending project even more desirable.

The world's largest industrial pipe maker is putting even more confidence in the future of South Mississippi.

"Today we are pleased that Mississippi is their location of choice," said Governor Ronnie Musgrove, who led community leaders in celebrating Future Pipe's decision to build a manufacturing plant in the Bernard Bayou industrial park. That was nine months ago.

At that celebration luncheon last November, Future Pipe executives announced construction of the Gulfport plant would begin early this summer. But even though it's now early August, and there's no sign of any construction, the project is not in trouble. In fact, WLOX News has learned Future Pipe has even bigger plans for the industrial park.

Company spokesman Saad Elkhadem says Future Pipe has decided to build an even bigger plant. The company is acquiring more land, increasing its space in the industrial park from 32 acres to 50 acres. Updated plans say Future Pipe will take construction bids on the larger project by the end of summer.

The Harrison County Development Commission is working with the company to put together the additional acreage.

As for the larger project plans, development director Michael Olivier told WLOX News, "A major announcement about the Future Pipe project will come from the governor's office in early September".

The original project plans called for the creation of 300 new jobs in the first five years. Development officials say the larger plant will likely bring those new jobs on line more quickly.

Future Pipe Industries is based in the Middle East, but has facilities around the world. The Gulfport project is the company's first venture in North America.