By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
IUKA – Ershigs Inc. plans to move into a new building in the Tri-State Commerce Park in January and add 52 workers.
On Tuesday, the company said it was investing $1.62 million to house large-diameter cylinders manufactured by the company until they are shipped out by barge.
“The good news is that often you hear about the jobs that will be added two or three years down the road,” said Tishomingo County Development Foundation Executive Director Gary Matthews. “But in this case, Ershigs will need those jobs in January.”
Ershigs, based in Tulsa, Okla., is the largest manufacturer of industrial composite products in the nation. Ershigs designs, manufactures, builds and installs corrosion-resistant products made of fiberglass-reinforced plastics, also called FRP, such as process and effluent piping, abrasion resistant piping, storage and process vessels, stacks and chimney liners, duct systems and valves.
The products are used for the power, mining, chemical, pulp, paper and waste water industries.
Matthews said Ershigs has been in Iuka “making a different product” for several years. That operation is spread across three buildings and employs more than 30 workers.
Richard Spears, Ershigs’ site manager in Iuka, said the location on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway gives the company a competitive advantage in bidding on large-diameter tanks.
“We are able to ship very large components anywhere in the world by water,” he said.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing funding to the county for public infrastructure improvements. Tishomingo County also provided funding to help with the project.
The site work and foundation for the building have been completed and the advertisement is under way for bids on erecting the building and installing electrical, plumbing and cranes, officials said.
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