VT Halter Marine began construction on its new service repair shop at the company’s Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard, with plans to create an estimated 400 jobs.
VT Halter Marine, the marine operations division of VT Systems, designs and builds medium and large-sized ships in the U.S. The company has three ship construction facilities, all located in Mississippi, with one facility in Pascagoula and two in Moss Point. The new ship repair facility is expected to be operational by March 2014.
“We are now realizing an important part of VT Halter Marine’s five-year strategic plan to develop a full service repair facility to complement our existing new construction facility,” said Bill Skinner, VT Halter Marine chief executive officer. “We are grateful to all of our local, state and federal partners that made this opportunity possible.”
“I am excited VT Halter Marine is expanding its operations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and creating 400 new jobs,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “VT Halter Marine is a long-standing, valued member of Mississippi’s business community, and I am grateful to company officials for their ongoing commitment to our state.”
The Mississippi Development Authority said it provided assistance through the Hurricane Katrina Community Development Block Grant program for infrastructure improvements related to the project.
“VT Halter Marine’s ongoing investment in its Mississippi operations is a testament to the strength of our state’s business climate and the quality of our skilled workforce,” said Brent Christensen, MDA executive director. “MDA is proud to have provided assistance for this project, and we thank our partners at the Port of Pascagoula, Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation who worked to help make this new ship repair facility a reality. We look forward to watching VT Halter Marine and our state’s shipbuilding industry continue to thrive on the Gulf Coast.”