Friday, September 14, 2018

Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Zone an Economic Driver

Gulfport, Mississippi — The Harrison County Development Commission, administrator/grantee, for the Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Zone (MCFTZ) announces the 2017 economic summary.

The MCFTZ designated as U.S. FTZ No. 92, serves as an important tool for businesses that contribute significantly to the Mississippi Coast’s economy. In 2017, the total Zone-related output of MCFTZ users was approximately $8.3 billion, of which $1 billion was value-added activity. Employment for Zone-related activities exceeded 6,200 with overall employment within activated Zone facilities at approximately 17,000. Exports from Zone users exceeded $2.9 billion in value.

FTZ procedures enable companies to streamline their Customs-related activities, reduce Customs duty costs on imported raw materials, and successfully compete for capital investment and international contracts. FTZ No. 92 was established in 1983. Harrison County sites include the Bernard Bayou Industrial District, Port of Gulfport, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, and Long Beach Industrial Park; other locations are in Hancock and Jackson counties.

Major Zone and subzone users include Channel Control Merchants, Chevron, Gulf Ship, Ingalls, and VT Halter Marine.

According to MCFTZ consultant Greg Jones, co-founder of the Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation, “In 2017, users of the Mississippi Coast FTZ and the Greater Mississippi Foreign-Trade Zone collectively produced $18 billion in manufactured goods. This represents about 15% of all economic activity in the State during 2017.” Jones added, “The State of Mississippi ranked 13th among all states in the value of manufactured goods produced by FTZ users and 7th among all states in the value of exports of manufactured goods produced by FTZ users.”

Harrison County Development Commission
12281 Intraplex Parkway
Gulfport, MS 39503
228.896.5020

Frank Castiglia, Jr.

Frank Castiglia, Jr.

President
Appointed by City of Long Beach
Jimmy Levens

Jimmy Levens

Vice President
JLB Construction, LLC
Appointed by Harrison County, District 3
Jennifer Burke

Jennifer Burke

Treasurer
Appointed by City of Pass Christian
Frank Bordeaux

Frank W. Bordeaux

Secretary
BXS Insurance
Appointed by Harrison County, District 2
Sharon Bentz Mustered

Sharon Bentz Mustered

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
Warren Conway

Warren Conway

Conway Attorney at Law
Appointed by Harrison County, District 4
Rip Daniels

Rip Daniels

Appointed by Harrison County, District 1
Brian Gollott

Brian Gollott

Gollott & Sons Seafood, Inc.
Appointed by City of D’Iberville
M Leonard

Michael Leonard

City of Biloxi
Appointed by City of Biloxi
Mark Schloegel

Mark Schloegel

Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
John "Shorty" Sneed

John “Shorty” Sneed

Appointed by City of Gulfport
Windy Swetman

Windy Swetman

Commissioner
Swetman Security Service
Appointed by Harrison County, District 5
Bill Lavers

Bill Lavers

Executive Director
Gia Blackwell

Gia Blackwell

Project Manager
Marcia A. Crawford

Marcia A. Crawford

Director, Marketing & Relocation
Lori Frazier

Lori Frazier

Director of Finance
Brandi Hough

Brandi Hough

Director, Business Development
M McGraw

Michelle McGraw

Relationship Manager
Clyde S

Clyde Schepens

Operations Manager
Derek D

Derek Duckworth

Utility Technician
Steve Hall

Steve Hall

Utility Technician
Sage Rowell

Sage Rowell

Utility Technician
Don Clark

Don Clark

Consultant
Ron Jenkins

Ron Jenkins

Engineering Consultant
Barbara Rominger

Barbara Rominger

Accountant