Both new industries were shaped with private/public cooperation.
Gov. Phil Bryant headed the VIP guest list welcoming Dennen Steel's $7.4 million, 50-job investment to make stamped steel products for a variety of businesses. Dennen, headquartered in Michigan, buys master coils from steel mill producers, then fabricates metal parts and assemblies.
Bryant also led a ribbon-cutting for Contract Fabricators, which expanded into Yellow Creek and kept in Holly Springs its main plant, which has 125 employees. The Yellow Creek investment will have 50 new jobs.
The project represents a $1,050,000 company commitment. Contract Fabricators manufactures large pressure vessels for oil refineries, power plants, chemical plants and other installations.
Both new plants needed river transport access. The port also is at the northern terminus of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, which shares water with the Tennessee River.
The Mississippi Development Authority supported Contract Fabricators with this project, providing assistance for the purchase of the facility in which Contract Fabricators is located, as well as assistance for the construction of an on-site barge facility.
Dennen Steel's commitment involved the support of Mississippi Development Authority, Tishomingo County, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Mississippi Development Authority worked with company and local officials to provide assistance to Tishomingo County for infrastructure improvements. The Appalachian Regional Commission and Tennessee Valley Authority also provided assistance to help facilitate the project.
The MDA also supported Contract Fabricators with its project, providing assistance for the purchase of the facility in which it is located, as well as help for the construction of an on-site barge facility.
It's noteworthy to cite the cooperative effort of the private-sector and various public entities in securing the new plants at Yellow Creek, a gateway from Mississippi into the Tennessee River system for more than 40 years, and access to the Tenn-Tom Waterway and its Port of Mobile connection on the Gulf of Mexico.
Teamwork remains a key in developing prosperity.