After a year of paperwork, supporters of Future Pipe Industries finally broke a little dirt in order to start getting down to business.
And that business, which is manufacturing high performance, anti-corrosive pipe systems, is already getting a seal of approval from new employees.
"One thing that has really struck me is that particularly over the past year, we've heard a lot about how many companies, American companies, are outsourcing. And here we have a situation with Future Pipe where you have a company that internationally is so well established and has - in this very era of economic concerns - chosen to enter the U.S. market ," said Future Pipe Industries vice president of government affairs Cheryl Steele.
And its leaders chose to enter South Mississippi, creating 75 jobs, which they hope will eventually expand to 300 jobs.
"They could have built this plant anywhere in the world and the fact that they chose the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Harrison County, is a tribute to the progress that we've made in the state and the projected image that we have now is so much better than even five or ten years ago," said Mississippi governor Haley Barbour.
"When I came first here 8 years ago, it reminds me of my country Lebanon. It's a small country,4 million you know in Lebanon. Here it's about 3 million. The people they all know each other. There is an ethics a community ethic. I felt Mississippi, everybody here is about the southern hospitality and we felt it. We're very proud and we're very happy to be part of this community here," said Future Pipe Industries chairman Fouad Makhzoumi.
Construction is expected to be completed in September of next year, with operations beginning in November.