Huntington Ingalls Announces Closure Of Gulfport Facility

Huntington Ingalls Announces Closure Of Gulfport Facility

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GULFPORT, Miss. -

This cutting edge ship building facility is now set adrift.  Officials say Gulfport was doing everything right.

 “Our community leaders support industry, yet with all those positives we still end up with a negative because we can't control everything out there,” says the Executive Director of the Harrison County Development Commission Bill Hessell.  The announcement means more than 400 people will have to find new jobs.  Some will be retrained, some moved to Ingalls’ Pascagoula facility.  There's hope others will find work at nearby ship builders.  The economic impact is hard to measure; this caterer says it’s going to hurt them.

“They get a lot of business from this place I’m helping the owner out this week but I know they get a lot of business from these folks every week and we hate to see them go,” says Maria with Petie’s Eats Café and Catering.  Now it's a question of finding new business to move to the site.

“The footprint's about 150 acres, tens of thousands of square feet under roof climate controlled they've got water, rail and road access,” says Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.  City officials say they got a heads up about this closure two months ago.  The facility will be closed as of May 2014. 

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