Keynote Speaker Announced for Explosion of Excellence

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This year’s 28th Annual Explosion of Excellence will be held in May at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus.  This year’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Kimberly Cox Rasmussen.  This scholarship program honors the academic achievements of the graduating high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their classes in all area high schools in Jackson County (including the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science).

Dr. Rasmussen is the Grants Bureau Director at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and has previously worked at The University of Southern Mississippi, The Bacot McCarty Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services Division.  Dr. Rasmussen holds a Bachelors in International Studies and a Masters in Criminal Justice, both from The University of Southern Mississippi.  She has also attended the Goethe Institut and Viennese Center for Middle Eastern Studies, both for German language study.  She holds a doctorate in International Law/Criminal Justice from the University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria), where she focused her dissertation on substance abuse treatment among the incarcerated population.

 

 

Dr. Rasmussen is active in her community where she serves on numerous boards and participates in many volunteer organizations.  She serves as President of the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport, Chair of the Gulf Coast Centurions Association and is a member of the Salute to the Military Dinner Planning Committee.  She is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County and previously served as a Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.  In addition to her professional and civic responsibilities, Dr. Rasmussen enjoys singing the National Anthem at various community events.  Dr. Rasmussen is a 2000 graduate of Gautier High School and a former Explosion of Excellence scholarship recipient.  She currently resides in Gautier with her husband, Ric, and their two daughters, Julep and Iris.

The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County.  It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  The Chairman of this year’s Explosion of Excellence is Pat Descher of the McDonald’s Descher Organization, and the Co-Chairman is Dr. Bill Descher.

The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship.  These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished.  The scholarships can be made in memory or in honor of someone, in the name of a company or individual or left anonymous.  The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the “Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence” and mailing it to “Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS  39568-0480.”

To answer any questions, please call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email Valerie Dedeaux, Administrative Assistant, at Chamber@jcchamber.com.

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Business of the Week: The HannaBerry Workshop

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Ocean Springs – The HannaBerry Workshop is a multi-disciplinary design and fabrication studio, founded in Jackson, MS by collaborative artisan team – Sarah Qarqish and Morgan Welch. Since first opening their doors in 2013, the two artists have focused on creating fine art and furniture by blending fresh new ideas and technology with traditional design and fabrication practices. The Workshop also dabbles in graphic design, architecture, cabinetry, interiors and signage; all of which can be customized to suit your need or preferences.

Recently adding “husband and wife” to their list of partnerships, the design duo says the success of their business is a direct result of teamwork and good communication. “Everything that comes out of our studio has been created by the both of us,” says Morgan. “Usually our best work is a result of Sarah having a crazy idea that I have to engineer; and then we work together to make it a reality.” Depending on the scale of the project, the team will spend anywhere from several days to several weeks in the shop; researching, sketching, and gathering the materials needed in order to begin fabrication. Any number of techniques may be used during the production of a HannaBerry design – utilizing new, cutting-edge technology, as well as century-old techniques in order to perfect their heirloom quality works of art. As with most artists – and married couples – Sarah and Morgan approach their work and design processes from very different perspectives.

Not always see eye-to-eye, the pair says they have had to learn to embrace each other’s passions when collaborating on a new piece together. “We both know utilizing each other’s strengths and being aware of each other’s weaknesses is essential in keeping things running smoothly,” said Sarah. “Where we end up when we meet in the middle; that’s when we know we’ve created something special.”

As frequent visitors of Ocean Springs, Sarah and Morgan have always felt a pull to the area; a “calling from the coast” one may say. When it could no longer be ignored, they finally decided to answer that call and relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to expand their studio/workshop. The couple has been beyond grateful for the wonderful reception they’ve received from both the creative community and the public. It didn’t take long for the pair to connect with other local artists and designers, providing them the opportunity to collaborate on several projects designed for the public here on the coast.

“The organic designs and patterns we create within our art and furniture seem to really fit the coastal atmosphere here. Our work has often been described as having a shell-like design, so we have had fun exploring the idea of our furniture being out in public places here in town,” said Sarah. “We’re excited about the impact living on the coast could have on our life and work… we’re just getting started here!”

Learn more about The HannaBerry Workshop here!

Remember to support your local artists and businesses! We are proud they call Jackson County Home!

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract for DDG 51-Class Follow Yard Services

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a $27 million cost-plus-award fee contract from the U.S. Navy today for follow yard services in the Navy’s USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) program.

The contract, which provides liaison and technical support, engineering, design and configuration management, systems engineering, turn-key management and crew indoctrination, includes four option years with a total potential contract value of $181.4 million if all options are exercised.

“This contract highlights our shipyard’s versatility in handling all aspects of shipbuilding for the Navy,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “We have a long tradition of building DDG 51 class ships and this contract supports configuration management and engineering design support of the construction contracts. We look forward to continuing this success in providing the most technologically advanced destroyers to the U.S. Navy so the men and women sailing these ships will have the most modern tools necessary to protect our freedom.”

Ingalls has delivered 30 Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers to the U.S. Navy. Destroyers currently under construction at Ingalls include Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) and Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123).

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States’ military strategy. The guided missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

 

 

Statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements. Factors that may cause such differences include: changes in government and customer priorities and requirements (including government budgetary constraints, shifts in defense spending, and changes in customer short-range and long-range plans); our ability to estimate our future contract costs and perform our contracts effectively; changes in procurement processes and government regulations and our ability to comply with such requirements; our ability to deliver our products and services at an affordable life cycle cost and compete within our markets; natural and environmental disasters and political instability; adverse economic conditions in the United States and globally; changes in key estimates and assumptions regarding our pension and retiree health care costs; security threats, including cyber security threats, and related disruptions; and other risk factors discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. There may be other risks and uncertainties that we are unable to predict at this time or that we currently do not expect to have a material adverse effect on our business, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we may make.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces Plan To Reactivate East Bank Facilities At Ingalls Shipbuilding

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., April 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division plans to reactivate its shipbuilding facilities on the east bank of the Pascagoula River.

The site of the original Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., founded in 1938, was decimated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The reactivation will restore the facility’s ability to support Ingalls’ current ship construction and modernization programs as well as help the company better prepare for future work, including next-generation amphibious assault ships and surface combatants.

“We are excited to be bringing the east bank back to life,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “As we prepare to celebrate our 80th anniversary, what better way to do that than to announce that the original Ingalls facility will become a productive, vibrant part of the Pascagoula landscape once again!”

 

Work will begin immediately on the project, which is expected to require approximately two years to complete.

The primary component of the project includes the addition of large, covered construction areas for construction of ship assemblies and components as well as the restoration of an outfitting pier.

“We are using proven concepts from our west bank modernization as a guide for our east bank reactivation,” said George Jones, Ingalls’ vice president for operations. “Our employees are the best sources for innovative ideas. With their help, we have improved safety, efficiency and working conditions. We have some of the best shipbuilders in the country, and they deserve the best shipyard in which to work. From more covered work areas and better environmental controls, to state-of-the-art tools and technology, Ingalls is leading the way in modern military ship design and construction.”

The east bank reactivation project is the newest element of the company’s modernization efforts to remain a vital element of the nation’s shipbuilding industrial base.

“We are fortunate to operate in an area that supports shipbuilding and our military at the city, county and state levels,” Cuccias said. “Together with the State of Mississippi, we are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to provide our shipbuilders the best tools and equipment and the safest, most efficient work environment possible in which to do the great work they do every single day. Our local leaders support shipbuilding with workforce training programs, economic development incentive policies and by providing good communities in which our employees are able to raise their families—in many cases the follow-on generations of shipbuilders at Ingalls. So when we determined we need additional facilities for our operations, it made perfect sense to do this expansion here in our hometown.”

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

Statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements. Factors that may cause such differences include: changes in government and customer priorities and requirements (including government budgetary constraints, shifts in defense spending, and changes in customer short-range and long-range plans); our ability to estimate our future contract costs and perform our contracts effectively; changes in procurement processes and government regulations and our ability to comply with such requirements; our ability to deliver our products and services at an affordable life cycle cost and compete within our markets; natural and environmental disasters and political instability; adverse economic conditions in the United States and globally; changes in key estimates and assumptions regarding our pension and retiree health care costs; security threats, including cyber security threats, and related disruptions; and other risk factors discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. There may be other risks and uncertainties that we are unable to predict at this time or that we currently do not expect to have a material adverse effect on our business, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we may make.

 

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Upcoming Seminar will Address Opiod Crisis and Other Issues

UPCOMING SEMINAR WILL ADDRESS OPIOID CRISIS AND OTHER WORKERS’ COMP AND EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES

 

Pascagoula’s Heidelberg Steinberger law firm will host its annual workers’ compensation and employment law seminar on May 24 at the Biloxi Yacht Club. This year’s seminar will feature Lance Robinson with Rehabilitation Inc. to address the opioid crisis in the workplace.

 

Attendees will also hear from firm attorneys on pertinent topics including new workers’ compensation regulations, elements of a workers’ compensation claim, ways to reduce workers’ compensation liability, bad faith, unemployment law, the importance of job descriptions, drugs in the work force and a new approach to sexual harassment in the work place.

 

“Our goal by hosting this seminar is to spotlight issues affecting workers’ compensation laws in our state and also educate our attendees about different federal laws that could potentially affect their business,” said Karl Steinberger who started the seminar for the firm over 25 years ago.  “We are pleased that each year we bring credible, knowledgeable speakers to address pertinent topics.”

 

Steinberger will present at the seminar as well as firm attorneys Tristan Armer, Stacie Zorn and April McDonald.  Four hours of continuing education credit are available for adjusters and property and casualty agents from the Mississippi Department of Insurance. 

 

Registration is available online the firm’s website or by calling 228.762.8021.  The registration fee is $30 and covers all seminar materials and lunch. 

What: Fundamentals of Workers Compensation and Employment Law Seminar

When: Thursday, May 24, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Biloxi Yacht Club

Who: Employers, Workers’ Compensation and Human Resources Professionals,  Adjusters, Property and Casualty Agents and Business Owners

How: Register online www.hs-lawfirm.com

Cost: $30

 

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Singing River Health System Congratulates Keesler Medical Center on USAF Hospital of the Year Award

Singing River Health System leadership group salutes Keesler Medical Center for their USAF Hospital of the Year Award.

Ocean Springs, MS –   With a keen appreciation for their dedication and skill, caregivers at Singing River Health System are sending kudos to their neighbors and colleagues at Keesler Medical Center for their recent award as Hospital of the Year for the US Air Force.

 “We commend our colleagues at Keesler for this outstanding achievement and are proud to partner with them on a number of clinical initiatives,” said Chief Operating Officer Lee Bond. “We work hand in hand with the Keesler Team to deliver care to area veterans, and have recruited a number of outstanding clinicians to join our team after completing their Air Force service at Keesler Medical Center.”

Physicians and staff at Singing River have posted a banner at their hospitals recognizing Keesler’s award. “We’ve known for a long time that Keesler shares our commitment to the highest quality care, and are thrilled for them to be recognized as this year’s top USAF Hospital,” said Bond.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $94 Million Advance Procurement Contract For A 10th National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a $94 million fixed-price contract from the U.S. Coast Guard today to purchase long-lead materials for a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC).

“National Security Cutters continue to be extremely important assets for the coastal defense of our homeland,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “These ships are enabling the Coast Guard’s missions in not only defending our shores, but also in the detection and interdiction of drugs and other contraband. Our shipbuilders in Mississippi look forward to continuing this hot production line and producing additional high-quality, state-of-the-art cutters for the men and women of the Coast Guard.”

 

Photos of HII-built NSCs.

The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major components for NSC 10, such as steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings.

Ingalls has delivered six NSCs, the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, designed to replace the 12 Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters that entered service in the 1960s. Ingalls’ seventh NSC, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard later this year. Midgett(WMSL 757), is scheduled to start builder’s trials in the fourth quarter, and Stone (WMSL 758) is scheduled to launch this summer.

NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.

The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.

 

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VT Halter Marine Starts Construction on America’s First Offshore LNG ATB Unit

Pascagoula, Miss. — VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), held a ceremony on March 8, 2018 to commence construction on America’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Articulated Tug and Barge (LNG ATB) unit.

“We are honored to be able to celebrate the official start of construction on the first LNG Bunkering ATB unit ever built. We believe  that this is a significant step towards the USA becoming the premier supplier of LNG as the environmentally friendly maritime fuel source of choice,” said Rob Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine.

In November 2017, VT Halter Marine was awarded a contract by Q-LNG Transport to build the ATB LNG unit, which was announced as part of a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company, to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean.

“I’m looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with VT Halter Marine and the ATP project is only the beginning. The cutting of this steel for America’s first LNG ATB bunkering vessel will pave the way for LNG to becoming the marine fuel of the future,” said Shane J. Guidry, Chief Executive Officer of Q-LNG Transport.

The ATB Tug will have 5,100 horsepower, GE 6L250 MDC EPA Tier 4 main engines, with Z-drives, and dimensions of 128′ x 42′ x 21′. The barge is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG, and will have dimensions of 324′ x 64′ x 32′.6″. The LNG ATB Unit is designed to meet the requirements of American Bureau of Shipbuilding (ABS) and the International Gas Carrier (IGC) code as an LNG bunkering barge. Anticipated delivery of the first unit is in the first quarter of 2020.

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VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels, auxiliaries, research and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronic, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

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Success at the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show

With an estimated attendance of around 1,500 people, the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show was a great success. The one-day event provides an opportunity for members of the Jackson County business and industrial communities to connect and build professional networks. It is this valuable opportunity that keeps many vendors coming back to the Trade Show year after year.

Business Development Specialist Melanie Landsiedel of Chevron was Chairwoman for the event, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias was the keynote speaker. Cuccias spoke about Ingalls’ commitment to strong partnerships throughout Jackson County and the Gulf Coast, from industrial suppliers to local businesses and community organizations.

Carla Todd Voda, President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, was pleased with this year’s event.

“This year’s 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show was a huge success,” said Voda. “The attendance was steady throughout the day, and the majority of the attendees from industries, purchasing departments and industrial suppliers were the decision makers of their companies. Mr. Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President, shared some very interesting and encouraging news during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Our exhibitors look forward to being a part of all of the wonderful things that are in store for Jackson County in the upcoming months.” 

The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show is one of many examples of economic and community support in the area throughout the year under the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Jackson County Industrial Suppliers Association (ISA) meets every other month at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The ISA is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group. Programs are designed to provide ideas and information that give business people additional resource knowledge and new business opportunities.

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29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show Agenda and Details

The 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show will be on Tuesday, March 20th, in Pascagoula. The Keynote Speaker is Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President. He will speak at the Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Fair Hall next to the B.E. “Mac” McGinty Civic Center (2902 Shortcut Road) in Pascagoula on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The one day trade show has exhibitors indoors and outdoors that are both industries and industrial suppliers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses are encouraged to put aside time on this day and allow their employees working in procurement, management, engineering and other industrial fields to attend the event. Admit One cards are available for businesses through the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at www.jcchamber.com, and those with a company badge, work uniform or business card can also register at the event for free.

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Participants are also encouraged to invite their business network to attend this show—regionally, nationwide and worldwide. This show is open to the business community. The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show allows businesses of all sizes and many classifications to promote their products and services to other local businesses in one location. The trade show provides the environment of face to face interaction where attendees learn about new and existing products and opportunities.

The Chairwoman of this year’s event is Melanie Landsiedel of Chevron. This event is open to the business community working in the industrial field. Each year companies can participate through sponsorships, booths, wall space advertising and attendance. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce has information on this annual event. This year’s sponsors are the following:

  • 2018 Gold Sponsors
  • Chancellor, Inc.
  • Chevron
  • Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Mississippi Power
  • Orion Engineering, Inc./Sirius Technical Services
  • 2018 Silver Sponsors
  • BrandSafway, LLC
  • Brock Services, LLC
  • Compton Engineering, Inc.
  • Floore Industrial Contractors, Inc.
  • IBEW Local Union 733
  • M & D Construction Company, Inc.
  • Performance Contractors
  • United Rentals
  • VT Halter Marine, Inc.
  • 2018 Reception Sponsor
  • Zachry Industrial
  • Media Partner
  • The Mississippi Press/GulfLive.com
  • Hospitality Room Sponsor
  • Merchants & Marine Bank
  • Cable One
  • Project Management Solutions Group, LLC (PMSG)
  • In-Kind
  • ACE Party Rentals
  • Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service
  • Goodgames’, Incorporated
  • Jackson County Board of Supervisors
  • Jackson County Fair Board
  • Lenny’s of Ocean Springs
  • Mississippi Security Police, Inc.
  • Mitchell Distributing
  • Pugh’s Florist, Inc.
  • Turf Masters Lawn Care, Inc.

Keynote Speaker Brian Cuccias is executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Named to this position in 2014, he is responsible for all programs and operations at Ingalls, including U.S. Navy destroyers, amphibious assault and surface combatant programs, and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter program.

Cuccias began his shipbuilding career in 1979, with Litton Data Systems, where he served as a financial analyst on several Navy programs, including amphibious assault ships and Spruance– and Kidd-class destroyers. Since then, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including: assistant to the group vice president of Avondale Industries; sector vice president, material, for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems; program manager and vice president for Northrop Grumman’s DDG 1000 program; and vice president, surface combatants, for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, which included Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) and Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) destroyers and Coast Guard programs.

Most recently, Cuccias served as Ingalls’ vice president, program management, responsible for program execution and financial performance for all ships produced by the shipyard.

Cuccias earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama and has attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He serves on the Mississippi Economic Council Board of Governors and on the board of directors for the Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development, the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation and the Salvation Army of Mobile.

The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show is one of many examples of economic and community support in the area throughout the year under the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Jackson County Industrial Suppliers Association (ISA) meets every other month at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The ISA is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group. Programs are designed to provide ideas and information that give businessmen additional resource knowledge and new business opportunities.

Contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce for information on attending or being featured at an ISA meeting, participating in the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show and general Chamber membership information. Call 228-762-3391 or email Linda Johnson at JohnsonL@jcchamber.com. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is located at 720 Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula. More information can be found online at www.jcchamber.com.

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