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Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Mississippi

Posted by IndustrySelect on Wednesday, April 21, 2021


With its low business costs and abundant natural resources, the state of Mississippi is home to a number of powerful manufacturing companies, including some top names in the auto and food industries. Today, we’re providing an inside look at the into the state’s manufacturing sector based on data collected by MNI and exploring the top industrial companies in Mississippi.

The Latest Facts on Mississippi’s Manufacturing Sector

According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Mississippi is currently home to 2,961 manufacturers employing 158,351 workers.

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According to MNI, Pascagoula is Mississippi’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 14,373 workers. This is followed by Laurel with 7,893 jobs.

Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.

Other top cities in Mississippi include

• Jackson (5,940 jobs)
• Tupelo (5,173 jobs)
• Ellisville (4,931 jobs)

Jackson County is Mississippi’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 16,016 workers. This is followed by Jones with 13,176 workers, Hinds (12,398), and Lee (11,502).

The transportation equipment industry is powerful in Mississippi, with that sector ranking as the state’s top manufacturing sector, comprising 16% of its industrial workforce. This is followed by food products with 15%, and fabricated metals with 11%. Furniture and fixtures accounts for 10% of Mississippi’s manufacturing workforce, while fabricated metal products make up 9%.

MNI reports there are 10,314 executive contacts among Mississippi’s manufacturing companies, including 1,110 presidents, 855 owners and partners; 632 vice-presidents and 552 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.

Other facts to know about Mississippi manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:

• 2% of Mississippi manufacturers are women-owned
• 10% are publicly owned companies
• 16% import raw materials
• 16% distribute their products internationally.

Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.

Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Mississippi

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc.12,000PascagoulaMS
Howard Industries, Inc.4,000LaurelMS
Nissan North America, Inc.3,500CantonMS
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.2,200EcruMS
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc.2,000Blue SpringsMS
Sanders, Inc.1,913BelzoniMS
Sanderson Farms, Inc.1,700SummitMS
Tyson Foods, Inc.1,700CarthageMS
Chevron Products Co.1,600PascagoulaMS
Modine Grenada, LLC1,500GrenadaMS

About the Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Mississippi

1. Ingalls Shipbuilding (Pascagoula, MS)

Ingalls Shipbuilding is a massive U.S. naval defense contractor, which operates at a sprawling Pascagoula site. Employing 12,000 industrial workers, Ingalls produces high-tech steel warships for the surface Navy fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, as well as foreign and commercial customers.

2. Howard Industries, Inc. (Laurel, MS)

Howard Industries, Inc employs 4,000 Mississippi workers in Laurel and produces lighting fixtures for industrial, residential, commercial and utility application. The company has two other Mississippi locations in Ellisville and Sandersville.

3. Nissan North America, Inc. (Canton, MS, LA)

Employing 3,500, Nissan’s Canton plant is Mississippi’s third-largest industrial employer. Established in 2003, more than 4 million vehicles have been produced at this location.

4. Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ecru, MS)

Ashley Furniture’s Ecru facility is the largest upholstery producing facility in the world and the fourth-largest industrial employer in the state of Mississippi, employing 2,200. Established in 1945 in Chicago, Ashley Furniture Industries is now headquartered in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

5. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc. (Blue Springs, MS)

Established in 2011, Toyota’s Blue Springs site produces the popular Toyota Corolla, producing 170,000 vehicles per year. This is one of fourteen Toyota facilities in the United States and is among its largest, employing 2,000.

6. Sanders, Inc (Belonzi, MS)

Sanders, Inc. is a major producer of agricultural seed and fertilizer based in Belonzi. Jimmy Sanders founded the Jimmy Sanders Seed Company in 1953, working out of a rented warehouse in Cleveland, MS. The company quickly became a leader in the farm supply distribution business across the mid-south. Currently, the company’s Belonzi location supports 1,913 local jobs.

7. Sanderson Farms, Inc (Summit, MS)

In 1951, D.R. Sanderson and his two sons D.R. and Joe Frank started the Sanderson Brothers enterprise, later becoming Sanderson Brothers Farms. Today, Sanderson Farms, Inc is the state of Mississippi’s only Fortune 1000 company, engaged in the production and processing of poultry and other prepared food items.

8. Tyson Foods, Inc. (Carthage, MS)

Tyson Foods is a multinational food products giant. The company’s Carthage location employs 1,700 and focuses on poultry processing.

9. Chevron Products Co. (Pascagoula, MS)

Chevron is a global energy corporation, headquartered in San Roman, CA with 44,679 employees worldwide. The company’s Pascagoula location focuses on petroleum refining and employs 1,600.

10. Modine Grenada, LLC (Grenada, MS)

Rounding out our top ten list is Modine Grenada, a producer of heat transfer coils, serving the replacement parts and OEM markets as well as coolers for the power industry. The company employs 1,500 at this location and 12,000 worldwide.

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