JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi will soon be leading the nation in new technology, Governor Haley Barbour said in a press conference on Monday afternoon.
The international pipeline company Wilh. Shulz GMBH from Krefeld, Germany chose Tunica Co., MS as their next spot to house their $300 million dollar facility. The company produces and supplies piping equipment globally.
"We finally came to the United States. And I can tell you that close to 300 counties were interested in the project and no where we found what we found in Mississippi and in Tunica," said President of Shulz Reiner Flint.
Governor Haley Barbour commends the new project and says he thinks Mississippi can be a leader to get the rest of the country on board.
"I do think Mississippi has the chance to lead the country out of the recession," Governor Barbour said.
The Governor also says the project should bring 500 jobs to the area.
"I think that this project shows you that you've got opportunities," Barbour said.
Twenty-five years ago, Tunica Co. was once known as one of the poorest counties in the nation. Around fifteen years ago, it's economy boosted by adding casinos to the area.
The facility is expected to begin operation by the end of 2010 and hopes that this new project will continue to produce job growth in Mississippi.
"We have facilities that are manufacturing advanced products with advanced materials that we believe will continue to provide good jobs for Mississippians for generations to come."