Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson recently delivered the opening remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 28th Jackson County Industrial Trade Show in Pascagoula.
Wilson touted the economic clout of the county anchored by big industries and the potential for economic development with three of the company’s nine Project ReadyTM sites located in the southeast corner of the state.
Three of Mississippi Power’s 10 largest customers are in Jackson County – Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, Ingalls Shipbuilding and Enterprise Products (formerly BP).
“Jackson County is the industrial capital of Mississippi,” Wilson said. “It sets the example for industry across the state. We must continue to work together to find creative ways to attract and grow business to achieve the kind of economic development growth we need.
“The trade show is an opportunity for businesses to showcase what they can offer, network and meet people who might offer a product or service that could help them be more efficient or look at things in a new way.”
An example of that is Mississippi Power partnering with the city of Pascagoula to add five electric vehicles and charging stations to their municipal fleet.
During the trade show, company representatives manned two booths where they showed off LED lighting and infrared imaging surveys plus other products and services that are available.
“This event is one of the largest trade shows in the state and attracts businesses large and small from throughout the region,” said Coast Division East Area Manager Cedrick Hurd. “Not only were we able to interact and introduce customers to items we offer, but we were also able to tap into that valuable market of vendors all in one location. It was a very successful event.”
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