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.

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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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Celebrating People, Partnership and Performance the Chevron Way

Since the Pascagoula Refinery began operating in 1963, it has grown to be Chevron’s largest U.S. domestic refinery, and one of the top petroleum refineries in the country. The Mississippi plant processes an average of 330,000 barrels of crude oil per day to manufacture gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, premium base oil and chemicals that are used as building blocks in plastics, garments, toys and other essential products. 
 
The refinery’s success is built upon strong relationships with the community of Jackson County. The Pascagoula Refinery’s 2017 Report to Our Community offers an overview of some of those relationships and the refinery’s corporate citizenship over the last year.

People, Partnership, and Pascagoula

In addition to the Community Report, video “People, Partnership, and Pascagoula” gives insight as to how Pascagoula Refinery supports Jackson County community organizations.

Pascagoula Refinery’s 2017 Report to Our Community

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Keynote Speaker Announced for 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show

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Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President

The Keynote Speaker has been announced for the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show. Keynote Speaker Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President, will speak on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the B.E. “Mac” McGinty Civic Center (2902 Shortcut Road) in Pascagoula on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The one day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 9:00 a.m. that morning in the Fair Hall next to the Civic Center. 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. Sponsorships, booths and wall space advertising are now available through the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

 

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.

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. 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 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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Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes 70 Percent of Structural Work on Future Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has built 70 percent of the structures necessary to complete the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).

Like its predecessor, the first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Kennedy is being built with a modular construction technique where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form larger structures called superlifts. The superlifts are pre-outfitted and hoisted into Dry Dock 12—where the ship is being built—by the company’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane.

Shipbuilders have successfully erected 317 lifts since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. Kennedy is on track to be completed with 447 total lifts.

The recent 806-metric ton superlift consisted of 17 individual units and was about 171 feet long and about 92 feet wide. The structure comprises berthing areas, electrical equipment rooms and workshops and took 18 months to build.

“This superlift is in the forward part of the ship, about halfway between the bow and midship,” said Mike Butler, program director of CVN 79. “It represents one of the key build strategy changes for Kennedy: building superlifts that are larger and more complete before they are erected on the ship. We are pleased with how construction on the Kennedy is progressing, and we look forward to additional milestones as we inch closer to christening of the ship.”

Kennedy is scheduled to launch in 2020.

806-metric ton superlift structure of aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).

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.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces Two Senior Leadership Changes

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Michael Smith, executive vice president, strategy and development, is moving to HII’s Technical Solutions division, where he will serve as president of the SN3 business and report to Michael Lempke, president of the Nuclear & Environmental group, effective immediately. The company also announced that Scott Stabler, executive vice president, internal audit, is moving into a new role as HII’s executive vice president and chief transformation officer, reporting to Mike Petters, HII’s president and CEO.

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Scott Stabler

“Mike has excelled in a variety of leadership positions since joining HII,” Petters said. “I am confident his experience—including his time leading corporate development of HII’s nuclear and environmental services before the creation of Technical Solutions—will build on SN3’s legacy and leverage the full complement of HII’s expertise for additional nuclear and environmental work, which we see as our largest growth opportunity.”

Smith joined HII in 2014 as corporate vice president, business growth. In January 2015, he was named vice president, corporate development, nuclear and environmental services, where he was responsible for executing the growth strategy in commercial and government nuclear markets. In 2016, he became HII’s executive vice president, strategy and development. Before joining HII, Smith worked for BAE Systems, where he served as sector vice president, business development, strategy and planning, for the Support Solutions sector. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in engineering management.

With this management change, HII’s strategy and development team will move back to business management, reporting to Chris Kastner, executive vice president, business management, and chief financial officer.

In his new role, Stabler will work directly with HII’s divisions to assess and facilitate implementation of the transformative business model and process changes necessary to meet rapidly evolving customer demands. The scope is open-ended but will initially focus on HII’s digital, technological and supply chain strategies.

“Scott has been an integral part of HII’s success since we formed in 2011 and of Newport News Shipbuilding for more than 25 years,” Petters said. “The breadth and depth of his experience in engineering, program management, supply chain management and business development—as well as his perspective from leading corporate’s operations—make him the ideal candidate to lead the transformation effort.”

Stabler joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1984 and has held progressively responsible positions in engineering, purchasing, business development and program management. He was appointed vice president of assembly in 1999 and vice president of aircraft carrier construction in 2000. He was directly responsible for program management and construction of the last Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), from the contract award in 2001 until successful builder’s sea trials in 2009. He went on to serve as vice president of supply chain management and was vice president of corporate operations during HII’s stand-up as an independent business in 2011. He was named HII’s chief audit executive in 2013. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary.

Stabler will continue to lead Internal Audit until a replacement can be identified.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $1.43 Billion Contract for the Construction of LPD 29

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Rendering of LPD 29.

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Feb. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division was awarded a $1.43 billion, fixed-price incentive contract for the detail design and construction of LPD 29, the 13th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock.

“This contract is further recognition of the confidence the Navy/Marine Corps team has in the great work our shipbuilders are doing in the LPD program,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “This efficient work is proven through our hot production line keeping the work going in the shipyard and through our nationwide network of suppliers. We are excited to build this additional ship and in providing our sailors and Marines with the best amphibious ships in the world.”

Ingalls has built and delivered 11 San Antonio-class ships. The 11th, Portland (LPD 27), will be commissioned on April 21 in Portland, Oregon. The 12th, Fort Lauderdale, is under construction and is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. Preliminary work has begun on LPD 29, and the start of fabrication will take place later this year.

The San Antonio class is a major part of the Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.

The ships support a Marine Air Ground Task Force across the spectrum of operations, conducting amphibious and expeditionary missions of sea control and power projection to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions throughout the first half of 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.

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Kickoff for 2018 Community Business-to-Business Membership Drive

Pascagoula, MS—All businesses are welcome to participate in the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Community Business-to-Business Membership Drive.  The kickoff will be held on Thursday, February 22nd, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pro Health & Fitness, LLC (619 Krebs Avenue, Pascagoula).  The Membership Drive will start on February 22nd and will end on April 9th.  Chamber volunteers will invite the businesses to join the local business community through Chamber membership.  There will be grand prizes for top volunteers along with networking and many other opportunities to grow businesses that are currently members and that are looking to join the Chamber. 
 
This kickoff will also include applications for $2,500 Façade Grants.  These grants are available to small businesses that are members of the Chamber.  Applications are available online at www.jcchamber.com and are due on April 6th, 2018.  Printed copies of the application are available at the Chamber as well (720 Krebs Avenue, Pascagoula).   
 
There will be a drawing of a $1,250 Small Business Grant (subject to approval) for any new member that becomes a member during the membership drive.  Only businesses and non-profit memberships are eligible.  Volunteers who sign up a new member will also be in the drawing for a $1,250 Small Business Grant (subject to approval).   
 
New members will also be able to take advantage of other Chamber membership benefits.  Those in the industrial field will receive a free outdoor booth at the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show on March 20th, 2018 (value of $400). 
 
The goal of this membership drive is to increase the membership base and together grow the business community.  During this time the Chamber will host a Community Awareness Day in banks and credit unions throughout the county.  Information will also be available at Area Council meetings including the Gautier Area Council Meeting (led by Todd Trenchard) and Coffee with the Chamber on Tuesday, March 13th, at 8 a.m. at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier (3499 Shell Landing Boulevard).  Chamber Ambassadors, the Chamber Membership Issue Manager Group (led by Ellen Cole) and Chamber staff will be distributing information on the Chamber’s resources for businesses and the community. 
 
The Chamber Membership Appreciation Day, Membership Drive Grand Finale and Business After Hours will be held on April 19th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Belk of Gautier.  Companies that have joined can network with the membership. 
 
Together the membership of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce accomplishes many things throughout the year including the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show, Jackson County Veterans Day Program, Taste of Jackson County, Explosion of Excellence Scholarship Program, Leadership Jackson County and much more.   
 
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO is Carla Todd Voda, IOM.  The Chamber Board of Directors is led by Amy Brandenstein of Chevron Pascagoula Refinery.  The staff, Board of Directors and a complete membership directory are available at www.jcchamber.com. 
 
If your company is interested in learning more about Chamber membership, please contact Yvette Barr, Director of Membership Communications, at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email newsletter@jcchamber.com.  The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is located at 720 Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula.  The Chamber invites all companies to consider membership with over 600 other companies.  More information can be found online at www.jcchamber.com.

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