HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - On Thursday, DAK Americas and Governor Phil Bryant announced that the company plans to expand its Hancock County operations at Port Beinville.
The expansion will include new manufacturing facilities that will produce 230 million lbs of polyester staple fivers per year. Additionally, 85 new full-service jobs will be created, bring the total number of full-servce employees at the site to 239.
"DAK's expansion is a strong testament to the fact that the Coast continues to thrive, and I look forward to continuing that momentum well into the future. I thank the DAK team for its continued confidence in our business environment and wish the company many more years of success in Bay St. Louis," said Governor Bryant.
Because of a 2011 acquisition of the former Wellman PET resin manufacturing facility at Port Bienville, the company is now the largest PET resin manufacturer in North America.
The expansion is expected to begin sometime in the second half of 2016.
Also announced Thursday, PHI Incorporated will locate its Gulf of Mexico Contingency Operations Base at Stennis International Airport and EmberClear has signed a lease agreement for a petrol-chemical facility in the port.