Ershigs expands Mississippi composites operations

Ershigs will spend $1.62 million to build a facility to house large-diameter composite cylinders before they are shipped out by barge.

Ershigs Inc. (Iuka, Miss., USA), supplier of engineered fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) products for the power, mining, chemical, pulp, paper and waste water industries, announced on Nov. 30 that the company is expanding its operations in Iuka and will be constructing a new facility at the Tri-State Commerce Park. A $1.62 million investment, the new building will house large-diameter cylinders manufactured by the company until they are shipped out by barge. The expansion will create 52 new jobs.

"Our location on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and the Tennessee River will give us a competitive edge in bidding on large-diameter tanks," said Richard Spears, Ershigs site manager. "We are able to ship very large components anywhere in the world by water. I thank MDA and Tishomingo County for their support of this project."

MDA worked closely with company and local officials to help facilitate the project, providing funding to the county for public infrastructure improvements. Tishomingo County provided funding to assist with the project, as well.

"I commend Ershigs officials for choosing to expand their operations in Iuka and create new jobs for the residents of Tishomingo County. The expansion not only represents the company's commitment to Mississippi and its workforce, it further reinforces that Mississippi is in a prime location and has an excellent transportation network in place to accommodate any company looking to improve speed to market by quickly shipping materials in and finished products out," said Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). "I am pleased we were able to provide assistance for this project, and we look forward to working with Ershigs again in the future."