GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A new submarine bow dome production facility is now open in Gulfport.
Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Seemann Composites cut the ribbon on the company's new facility on Wednesday.
The project is a $4.6 million corporate investment and accommodates a contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the U.S. Navy. About 46 jobs will be created as a result.
Located in the Bayou Bernard Industrial Park, Seemann Composites constructed a 25,600-square-foot building to produce bow domes for the Navy's Columbia Class Ballistic Missile Submarine, which will replace the Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Subs. The expansion was announced in July 2016.
"Thousands of workers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are engaged in the production of some of the most sophisticated, high-tech products employed within the maritime and defense industries," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "Dozens more individuals on the Coast are now producing bow domes for U.S. Navy submarines, strengthening our nation's defense and Mississippi's position as a frontrunner in the industry."
"We would like to thank Gov. Bryant, the Mississippi Development Authority and the Harrison County Development Commission for their support in helping us meet this critical need for the U.S, Navy Submarine Program," said Seemann Composites CEO Bill Seemann.
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for site preparation and infrastructure needs.
"The opening of Seemann Composites' bow dome facility creates exciting career opportunities for Mississippians in support of our men and women in uniform who protect and defend freedom," said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. "We congratulate the Seemann Composites team on this significant milestone as well as our partners at the Harrison County Development Commission and Harrison County who helped bring this economic development win to the Mississippi Gulf Coast."
Completion of Seemann Composites' expansion increases the company's employment in Gulfport to approximately 160 workers.