Ershigs to Expand Mississippi Operation

12 December 2010

Ershigs is expanding its operations in Iuka, Miss., and will be constructing a new facility at the Tri-State Commerce Park.

A $1.62 million company investment, the new building will house large diameter cylinders manufactured by the company until they are shipped out by barge. The expansion will create 52 new jobs.

Our location on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and the Tennessee River will give us a competitive edge in bidding on large diameter tanks, said Richard Spears, Ershigs site manager. We are able to ship very large components anywhere in the world by water. I thank Mississippi Development Authority (MDA)and Tishomingo County for their support of this project.

MDA worked closely with company and local officials to help facilitate the project, providing funding to the county for public infrastructure improvements. Tishomingo County provided funding to assist with the project, as well.

I commend Ershigs officials for choosing to expand their operations in Iuka and create new jobs for the residents of Tishomingo County. The expansion not only represents the companys commitment to Mississippi and its workforce, it further reinforces that Mississippi is in a prime location and has an excellent transportation network in place to accommodate any company looking to improve speed to market by quickly shipping materials in and finished products out, said Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). I am pleased we were able to provide assistance for this project, and we look forward to working with Ershigs again in the future.

Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors President James McDowell stated that the board of supervisors is excited about partnering with Ershigs to grow new jobs for the citizens of Tishomingo County. The management of Ershigs has shown vision in their product line and the ability to deliver the goods. We are proud to have Ershigs as a part of our industrial family and look forward to years of growth for Ershigs and Tishomingo County.

The site work and foundation for the building have been completed and the advertisement for bids for erection of the building and installation of electrical, plumbing, and cranes is underway. Dean McRae is the engineer on the project. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to be completed in January 2011.

Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ershigs designs, manufactures, fabricates and installs corrosion-resistant products made of FRP, including process and effluent piping, abrasion-resistant piping, storage and process vessels, stacks and chimney liners, duct systems and valves.

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