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Metal Fabrication and Steel Manufacturing

Industry presence continues to grow. The TAP Alliance region is home to a growing cluster of steel and metal fabrication companies including Dennen Steel, Contract Fabricators, FerrouSouth, G&G Steel, Roll Form Group, Monotech/PSP Industries, Skyline Steel/Arcelor/Mittal, Truck Bodies & Equipment International/HEIL, Tiffin Motorhomes, International Converter, and others.

Workforce is skilled in manufacturing. The region has a trained workforce that possesses skills desirable to steel and metal fabrication companies. Manufacturing-specific workforce training is provided by the community college system and technical schools, all located within a few hours drive.

Transportation is quick and easy. Transportation of products is possible via 4-lane highways, ports, and rail lines. A major customer base is located within 200 miles of the TAP region – Nissan, General Motors, Volkswagen, Navistar, and Toyota automotive suppliers and several aerospace-related companies are located in nearby Huntsville, Alabama, Tennessee, and Columbus, Mississippi.

Low cost of business PLUS incentives. The state of Mississippi offers many tax incentives and has a low cost of living and low cost of doing business. Electricity and natural gas costs are cheaper than many other places in the nation.

Nearby Customer Base

Automotive Assembly Plants

The TAP Alliance region is within 500 miles of 28 automotive assembly plants. The closest plants are Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, Navistar, and General Motors (Saturn). The Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, is only 55 miles from the TAP region, accessible via four-lane US Highway 45. The Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee (172 miles from TAP) and the General Motors Plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee (133 miles from TAP) are accessible via US 72, a divided four-lane highway and US Route 43, most of which is divided 4-lane.

View a map of regional auto manufacturers (PDF).

Auto ManufacturerLocationDistance from Center of TAP Alliance
NavistarBarton, AL27 miles
ToyotaBlue Springs, MS55 miles
MercedesVance, AL164 miles
General Motors (Saturn)Spring Hills, TN126 miles
HondaLincoln, AL193 miles
NissanSmyrna, TN165 miles
VolkswagenChattanooga, TN206 miles
NissanCanton, MS227 miles
HyundaiMontgomery, AL240 miles
KiaWest Point, GA282 miles
FordHapeville, GA303 miles
General MotorsDoraville, GA310 miles
BMWGreer, SC453 miles
General MotorsShreveport, LA455 miles
General MotorsArlington, TX581 miles
General MotorsOklahoma City, OK575 miles
ToyotaSan Antonio, TX835 miles

Aerospace/Aviation Plants

Company NameLocationDescriptionNumber of Employees
Alliant Techsystems (ATK)Iukaproduces large composite aerospace structures175
DyneticsIukapropulsion testing services to for thrusters and engines3
ETD, Inc.Belmonttool & die for aerospace parts5
Miltec Missile and Space CorporationIukadefense research and development12
Precision Machine ToolsIukatool & die for aerospace parts2
Turner AviationCorinthprivate and commercial aircraft engine services and repair3


US Highways and Interstates

US Highway 72 (east-west) and US Highway 45 (north-south) are four-lane highways running through the TAP Alliance region. Future Interstate 22 is accessible from Tupelo (50 miles) and connects I-240 and I-40 with I-65 and I-20. Interstates 55, 22, and 40 are accessible from Memphis, approximately 110 miles from the TAP region. Several state highways serve the TAP Alliance region.

View map of highways in North Mississippi (365 KB, PDF)


Water transportation is available via the Tennessee River and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (TTW). Yellow Creek Port on the TTW is near Iuka in Tishomingo County. This port is equipped with 200-ton capacity cranes, warehouse, as well as truck and rail facilities. It is a designated Foreign Trade Subzone and a federal HUBZone. Yellow Creek port has an onsite steel processing facility, which in 2012, will install the world’s largest stretcher-leveler. The port also has a cluster of steel processing facilities around it.

The Port of Itawamba also serves the TTW. Located 50 miles from the edge of the TAP Alliance, it has truck and rail facilities, warehouses, conveyor, 60-ton crane, and also provides cargo handling and logistical support.

View a map of ports along the Tenn-Tom Waterway in the TAP Alliance (1.2 MB, PDF)


Rail lines serving the TAP Alliance region include Norfolk-Southern Railroad main line and 4 short lines: Kansas City Southern, Yellow Creek Port, Tishomingo Railroad, and Redmont.

View a map of rail lines serving the TAP Alliance region (1.8 MB, PDF).

Existing Metal Fabricators and Steel Manufacturers In TAP Region

Company NameLocationDescriptionNumber of Employees
Automatic Machine Products Inc.Corinthscrew machine35
Baldwyn Tool & DieBaldwyntool and die, CNC machine shop15
BAMA Fabricatorsmachine shop2
Booneville Machine & Metal Fabricating Co.Boonevillemetal fabricating, miscellaneous metal work, misc. machinery products12
Carolina CarportsIukaportable metal buildings15
Contract Fabricators Inc.Iukapressure vessels50
Dennen SteelIukasteel fabrication50
Developmental Industries IncCorinthdesign and tooling shop50
Ershigs IncIukafiberglass and composite parts, metal fabrication, and machine shop85
ETD Inc.Belmonttool and die, CNC machine shop, design services and prototypes
FerrouSouth Iukacoil and sheet steel processor103
G&G SteelIukametal fabrication30
International ConverterIukaaluminum insulation products55
J&M ServicesBaldwyntool and die makers equipment, industrial supply4
King Manufacturing Company Inc.Corinthmetal stamping/screw machine50
Metal Exports LLCIukasmelting of aluminum2
Metal Products Inc.Corinthspecialized machine shop11
Monotech of Mississippi/PSP IndustriesIukasteel fabrication90
North MS Tools, Inc.Boonevilletool and die machine shop12
Plant Process SupportBurnsvillemetal parts cleaning30
Precision Machine ToolsIukahigh precision tooling2
Production Machine & Tool Inc.Corinthtool and die machine shop8
Propstraightener/Peden's Prop ShopIukametal fabrication3
Ray Hughes Inc.Corinthwire crimping tools, press dies and special industrial machines7
Ripley IndustriesIukametal filters30
Robby's Custom ExhaustIukavehicular exhaust systems3
Roll Form Group (US) Inc.Iukasteel sheeting and piling, sheet piling, rail car parts60
S&G Construction and Sheet MetalCorinthindustrial sheet metal fabrication5
Samson Trailersmetal pull-behind trailers3
Skyline Steel PipeIukaspiral welded foundation pipe50
Stevens Machine and ToolMariettatool and die machine shop7
Sun-Air Products Inc.Belmontmetal fabrication, laser cutting, powder coat painting34
Tiffin MotorhomesBelmontRV frames and painting185
TLH SalesIukasteel distribution, welding3
Truck Bodies & Equipment International (formerly HEIL)Belmonttruck dump bodies80
Young & DaughtersCorinthprecision machine work5

Specialized Workforce

ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering degree programs and master’s and PhD options in similar areas are available at nearby universities.

Degree ProgramsMississippi State University University of Alabama at HuntsvilleUniversity of MississippiUniversity of Memphis
Aerospace engineeringXX
Biological engineeringX
Biomedical engineeringX
Chemical engineeringXXX
Civil engineeringXXXX
Computer engineeringXXX
Electrical engineeringXXXX
Engineering technologyX
Geological engineeringX
Industrial engineeringXX
Mechanical engineeringXXXX
Optical engineeringX
Software engineeringX
Miles from TAP Region120 miles106 miles92 miles110 miles

Labor Availability and Wages

Total Employees by Occupation for Alcorn, Prentiss, and Tishomingo Counties

OccupationCurrent JobsMedian Hourly Earning in TAP RegionMedian Hourly Earning in Mississippi
Coil winders, tapers, and finishers<10N/A$14
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic<10N/A$17
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10$12$12
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$13
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$14
Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$13
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$14
Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$15
Industrial engineers<10$29$29
Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$16
Lay-out workers, metal and plastic<10N/A$14
Mechanical engineers<10N/A$31
Metal and plastic workers, all other<10N/A$14
Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders<10N/A$17
Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$16
Model makers, metal and plastic<10N/A$14
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$11
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$14
Numerical tool and process control programmers<10N/A$17
Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$14
Pourers and casters, metal<10N/A$14
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic<10N/A$13
Sheet metal workers<10N/A
Structural iron and steel workers<10N/A$16
Structural metal fabricators and fitters<10N/A$15
Tool & die makers<10N/A$20
Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners<10N/A$16
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers<10$18$18
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders<10N/A$15
Source: State Workforce Investment Board (Mississippi),

Workforce Training

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Division of Workforce Training and Economic Development
Offers customized job training to new and existing business and industry. Two training facilities are located within the TAP region, one in Corinth and the other in Booneville. Mobile training facilities may be available upon request for onsite training throughout the TAP region. Programs through the Division of Engineering Technology and Occupational Education include

  • Electronics/electrical technology
  • Industrial maintenance and technology
  • Machine tool and die technology

East Mississippi Community College

Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence
Offers technical training relevant to Mississippi industries to create technically proficient workers. 112 miles from the TAP region.

Workforce Services
Offers customized training to industry and core courses to individuals. Classes include

  • Basic manufacturing skills
  • Sheet metal and riveting
  • Composite manufacturing
  • Precision assembly
  • Machining/CNC
  • Welding
  • And more

Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis

Workforce training through traditional and distance learning systems. 110 miles from the TAP region. Courses include

  • Machine tool technology
  • Industrial maintenance repair
  • Welding, brazing, and soldering

University of Mississippi

Center for Manufacturing Excellence
Provides manufacturing education through the mechanical engineering program, professional development courses, and is involved with industry-led research. 92 miles form the TAP region.

Financial Incentives Specific to Manufacturers

Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit

This tax credit includes

  • 5% of eligible project investment
  • Can not exceed $1,000,000
    Requirements include
  • Operated in Mississippi for at least two years
  • Invested at least $1,000,000 in additional buildings and/or equipment

Learn more about this manufacturing tax credit

Tax Incentives for National or Regional Headquarters

Companies establishing a regional or national headquarters in Mississippi can receive tax credits to reduce state income tax liability and/or a sales and use tax exemption.

National or Regional Headquarters Tax Credit

The incentive includes

  • Between $500-$2,000 per position in credits
  • Up to 5-year period


  • Must meet headquarters classification
  • Minimum creation of 35 qualified jobs within one year period

Learn more about this tax credit.

National or Regional Headquarters Sales Tax Credit

This incentive applies to building materials and machinery/equipment and includes

  • Exemption from beginning of project until 3 months after start-up
  • Contractor’s tax is not exempt


  • Minimum creation of 35 new headquarters jobs

Learn more about this tax credit.

Mississippi offers a variety of tax incentives, grants and loans for business and industry. View a listing of more incentives by visiting the incentives page.

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