Mississippi is a prime location for today’s advanced manufacturing companies. The state offers key advantages, including the third-lowest union membership rate in the nation, a top 5 ranking for speed of permitting and a top 10 ranking for competitive utility rates. Mississippi’s transportation network, which was ranked the eighth best in the nation in 2014, helps ensure efficient and timely delivery of goods manufactured here. The state’s centralized geographic location provides single-day roadway access to more than 55 percent of U.S. businesses, providing an added competitive edge to manufacturers.
The state has an abundant supply of well-educated and productive workers. Mississippi’s community colleges customize training programs to meet companies’ needs, both for new and existing industries, across the state’s target sectors. In 2014, more than 96,000 individuals from 550 companies benefited from community college workforce training. Mississippi’s research universities have a strong reputation for partnering with industry to move innovation from concept to reality. These factors combine to create a competitive edge for today’s global and domestic manufacturing companies. That’s why Mississippi’s success stories are continuing to grow in advanced manufacturing.
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Mississippi’s skilled workforce is its greatest treasure. Mississippians have a “can-do” attitude and are driven by pride to do things right. Robust workforce training programs offered throughout the state equip Mississippi’s people with the necessary skills to get the job done. As a right-to-work state, Mississippi’s affordable cost of living, low overall cost of doing business, and tax and financing incentives make it an attractive economic option for companies of all sizes — from start-ups to established multinational corporations. An enterprise is only as good as its people — that’s why more industry leaders are choosing a Mississippi location to compete in today’s global marketplace.
Mississippi’s 15 community colleges offer 26,403 training classes and serve more than 550 companies with customized training solutions.
Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Partners (A.M.P.) program partners with industries across North Mississippi to provide highly skilled electronics engineering technicians. NMCC provides paid interns from their Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology program and currently partners with Toyoda Gosei, Schulz, FEUER, Parker Hannifin and numerous other companies.
The Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE) at East Mississippi Community College is an advanced technology training center utilized by business and industry to conduct worker training. The CMTE offers manufacturing skills certification classes, M3 Production level certificates, M3 Advanced production skills classes and specialized training for companies.
Mississippi is home to four major public research universities: the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi State University in Starkville, the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and Jackson State University in Jackson. Each university plays a vital role in Mississippi’s economic and workforce development. From providing cutting-edge research to training support in new industry skills, Mississippi’s universities are ready to work with your business to help it grow to the next level.
The Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University conducts research focused on furniture design, production, performance, distribution and marketing. The facility has extensive testing capabilities and offers technical support to deliver new technologies, methods and findings to the furniture industry. The institute helps to ensure a high-quality workforce to educate future managers and industry leaders.
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) at the University of Mississippi offers a degree in engineering that prepares students for careers in manufacturing. The CME is advised by numerous industry executives including those from nearby GE Aviation and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi. The CME also has extensive research facilities, numerous existing co-op programs and the flexibility to provide extension programs to companies who wish to work with CME staff and students.
The Composite Materials Research Group at the University of Mississippi is actively involved in composite materials research and has developed a nationally recognized program in pultrusion research. Recent research grant supporters include the National Science Foundation, the USAF, Martin Marietta, NASA, USDA, the Electric Power Research Institute and numerous companies in the composite industry.
The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) at the University of Southern Mississippi is a national leader in the study of composites, advanced materials, polymers and plastics. MPI helps companies in the plastics/polymers industry find solutions, train employees, and improve processes and products. The institute has one of the most advanced rapid prototyping systems in the world.
Mississippi’s four public universities offer undergraduate degree programs certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology in 16 different fields.
|Mississippi State University||The University of Mississippi||Jackson State University||The University of Southern Mississippi|
|Degree Program||(Starkville, MS)||(Oxford, MS)||(Jackson, MS)||(Hattiesburg, MS)|
|Architectural Engineering Technology|
|Construction Engineering Technology|
|Electronics Engineering Technology|
|Industrial Engineering Technology|
|Polymer Science and Engineering|
|Petroleum Engineering (to begin in 2015)|
Mississippi is centrally located between the East and West coasts and provides easy access to major U.S. markets including Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. The U.S. distribution hub of Memphis, Tennessee, is just across Mississippi’s northern state line, and the Gulf of Mexico forms the state’s southern border. The state’s transportation infrastructure provides unparalleled distribution and delivery for manufacturers.
The State of Mississippi offers a variety of grant, loan and tax incentive programs designed to assist businesses creating jobs and making capital investments in the state. Below are commonly used business incentives programs within the advanced manufacturing industry. For a more comprehensive list of incentives for manufacturers, click here.
The Advantage Jobs Program provides for a rebate of a percentage of Mississippi payroll to qualified manufacturers for a period of up to 10 years. Jobs must meet or exceed the average annual wage of the state or the county in which the company locates, whichever is lower.
Companies receive a corporate income tax credit equal to a percentage of eligible payroll for each newly created job. These credits are available for a five-year period, or the company can opt for job training grants that cover up to 75 percent of the cost of training employees and range from $1,000 to $2,000 per worker. View a detailed pdf.
OJT reimbursements can help offset training costs for new employees, depending on their wages and the length of training. The community college and/or WIN Job Center will work with the company to develop and negotiate a training and service plan and funding agreement. View a detailed pdf.
Mississippi offers manufacturers and other eligible businesses that construct a new facility or expand an existing facility in the state a sales and use tax exemption on component building materials, machinery and equipment. View a detailed pdf.
For companies that locate or expand in the state, subject to the discretion of the county and city government, this exemption is available for up to 10 years and may be granted on real and tangible property being used in the state. View a detailed pdf.
For a full list of incentives available from the state, visit the incentives page.