It takes a world-class workforce to build world-class ships.

Mississippi has a long, proud history of excellence in shipbuilding dating all the way back to the 1700s. Huntington Ingalls, currently the largest private employer in the state, has produced warships for the U.S. Navy and other government customers at their Pascagoula shipyard since the 1930s. Many other shipbuilding companies have been drawn to the state thanks to our strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico, our deepwater ports, and well-trained workforce.

  • “Ingalls’ success continues because of the strong partnership with the state of Mississippi.”
    Jim McIngvale
    Director, Government & Community Affairs , Ingalls Shipbuilding

Sector Spotlight

VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula Mississippi is the largest designer and builder of medium-sized vessels in the world. One full-service repair facility & three new construction facilities in Mississippi.

70% of the Navy's fleet of warships were manufactured by Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Over 33 shipbuilding related manufacturers employing more than 23,450 skilled workers are in Mississippi.

Success Stories

Ingalls Shipbuilding – Pascagoula

“In this region, you have some of the best workers in the world.”
Mark Scott , Manager, Talent Management

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