Hancock County Makes Cut For $600 Million Facility

Hancock County is among the finalists for a $600 million plant to build refueling tanker aircrafts.

Four southern cities are vying for the plant. The others are Mobile; Melbourne, Florida; and North Charleston, South Carolina.

Stennis International Airport is the site under consideration by European Aeronautic Defense Space Company. The plant could bring 500 hundred new jobs to the area.

Economic development officials recently showed off the advantages of locating in South Mississippi and are confident they'll prevail.

"I think that the site that we're offering is one where the infrastructure is already in place with our runway and control tower under construction. We've got what they need in place, yet it's not a congested airport like the other places," Jerry Hemphill said.

Hemphill admits, it's not a done deal. In fact the company, which is the parent company of Airbus, is still working to win the contract from the U.S. government.

Still, Senators Thad Cochran and Trent Lott say making the list of finalists is very good news for Mississippi.