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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Pay It Forward Friday: Wild at Heart Rescue

Wild at Heart Rescue is a non-profit wildlife rescue right here in Jackson County. Through rescue and rehabilitation they help injured, sick, or orphaned animals native to Mississippi. When possible, the animals are returned to their natural habitat once they become healthy enough.

When an animal cannot be returned to the wild, whether for legal reasons or for the benefit of the animal, Wild at Heart takes care of that animal for the rest of its life. For example, they have pigeons that have been with them for twenty years because legally, they are not native to Mississippi. 

Wild at Heart Rescue welcomes all animals in need, no matter the species. They care for all types of mammals, birds, and reptiles. 

They became famous for a viral photo of an owl hugging a man. When her caregiver went out of town for a few days, it was obvious that GiGi the owl missed him. When he returned, she spread her wings to give him a hug! 

The rescuers work tirelessly to help all of their residents, and they get more rescues every day. Their daily routine includes cleaning out the pens and making sure everyone is fed properly. For some animals, this can be very expensive. For example, buying rats to feed the owls is quite costly. Medical care for the animals comes at a high price as well. In addition to the care they provide each day, they stay on call to rescue animals whenever and wherever the need arises.

To continue the selfless work they do for animals in need, Wild at Heart depends on donations from caring people like you. Support their mission by donating at www.paypal.me/WildatHeartRescueInc.

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New FABLAB Jackson County Encourages STEM Education in Mississippi

Chevron celebrated the opening of a fabrication lab (FABLAB) in Vancleave today that will further spur the creative economy and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fields.

The grand opening and ceremonial ribbon-cutting included remarks by representatives of Chevron, Jackson County School District, FAB Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Education.

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“We are excited to partner with Fab Foundation and the Jackson County School District to open Mississippi’s first state-of-the-art FABLAB,” said Chris Cavote, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery General Manager. “Education and economic development are linked, and it is essential that our future workforce be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities they’ll have before them.”

In April 2017, Chevron provided a $1.2 million grant to fund a mobile FABLAB unit and stationary FABLAB located in Vancleave. This is the ninth lab Chevron has brought to areas where the company operates. “Investing in STEM is a national imperative and we are dedicated to working with our partners to provide cutting-edge tools that foster innovation for the benefit of K-12 students around the country,” said Janet Auer, Global Social Investment Advisor at Chevron.

FABLAB Jackson County will provide opportunities for K-12 students and members of the community to design and invent almost anything they can imagine. The lab includes a suite of digital fabrication tools and prototyping machines such as laser cutters, 3D Printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines.

“Opening FABLAB Jackson County increases access to STEM resources for K-12 students and the wider community, connecting people and creating opportunities for learning, experimentation and business,” said Dr. Barry Amacker, Jackson County School District Superintendent.

The Fab Foundation supports Fab Labs worldwide in a wide range of projects that foster and accelerate education, innovation, entrepreneurship, business development and community building. FABLAB Jackson County located at 12004 Highway 57 will be open to the community, businesses and students. Visit www.fablabjacksoncounty.org for more information.

Chevron has invested $400 million in STEM education in the United States since 2013.

About Chevron

Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About Fab Foundation

Formed in 2009 to facilitate and support the growth of the international fab lab network as well as the development of regional capacity-building organizations. The Fab Foundation is a US non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that emerged from MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program. Our mission is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. Community organizations, educational institutions and non-profit concerns are our primary beneficiaries.

 

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FABLAB Jackson County opening Thursday in Vancleave

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Chevron and the FAB Foundation will host the grand opening of FABLAB Jackson County in Vancleave on Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m.

The FABLAB is a nonprofit digital fabrication laboratory that encourages students and aspiring inventors in the community to play, create, experiment and build their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).

The grand opening and ceremonial ribbon-cutting program will include remarks by representatives from Chevron, Jackson County School District, FAB Foundation and Mississippi Department of Education. A tour of the facility will follow. Students will also demonstrate the hands-on learning, technology resources, and tools that FABLAB Jackson County offers.  

Chevron is committed to increasing the quality of and access to STEAM education in the United States. Through its partnership with The Fab Foundation, Chevron provides students and teachers with the tools and resources they need to instill an interest in STEAM and inspire the next generation of innovators. 

FABLAB Jackson County is the ninth of 10 Fab Labs that Chevron has brought to areas where the company operates through its partnership with The Fab Foundation. 

FABLAB Jackson County will work to advance STEM education, human-centered design, collaborative projects and the creative economy, connecting people and creating opportunities for learning, research, experimentation and business. Visit www.fablabjacksoncounty.org for more information about the lab.

 

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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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Chevron Presents Scholarships to 14 MGCCC Jackson County Students

Chevron Pascagoula Refinery presented 14 scholarships worth more than $24,000 total to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) students enrolled in the Process Technology program this morning at the Gautier campus.

Cedric Bradley, MGCCC Dean of Instruction, provided a welcome and introductions. Pascagoula Refinery Operations Manager Bryon Stock presented the scholarships.

In 2006, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery and MGCCC partnered to bring the innovative Process Operations Technology program to the Gautier campus. The courses train students to work at the refinery and other plants across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In 2011, MGCCC created the Maintenance Process Technologies program. This includes Instrument & Controls, Fabrication (Welding & Pipefitting) and Machinery (Precision Machinery & Millwright) programs. 

Chevron has provided more than 75 scholarships to students in the Operations and Maintenance tracks since the inception of these programs.

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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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Chevron Volunteers Receive Overview of Fab Lab Jackson County

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Fab Lab Manager Scott Beebe recently provided a handful of Chevron engineers with an overview of the Fab Lab Jackson County equipment. Each employee made their own name tag for the grand opening, scheduled for March 15. The engineers will give tours and help students with fab projects at the upcoming event!

Fab Lab Jackson County will serve as a tremendous learning resource for area schools. Learn how at www.fablabjacksoncounty.org.

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