Composite joining method passes test
An innovative method for joining composite structures has passed a series of structural
tests. Gene Fraser, vice president of Advanced Programs and Technology for Northrop
Grumman Aerospace Systems, said it’s a major step towards using composites in future
space missions. The joint design was used to mate two segments of NASA’s composite crew
module demonstrator. The test article represents the inner pressurized shell for the Orion
crew module, part of the Constellation Program to return astronauts to the moon and
beyond. Test results proved the mating process retains compartment pressure and
withstands external loads at twice the level normally experienced in flight. Tests were done
at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. (Source: Globe Newswire, 12/17/09)
Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans are involved in the Constellation program.

DuPont DeLisle celebrates 30 years
DELISLE, Miss. - The DuPont DeLisle Plant on Thursday celebrated 30 years of continuous
operation. DuPont DeLisle, which produces titanium dioxide, a pigment used as a
brightening agent in paints, plastics, paper and textiles, began operations on the north end
of the Bay of St. Louis in western Harrison County in 1979. The plant added a second
production line in 1991. The company said it has invested more than $300 million in the
DeLisle site in the last 10 years. It now employs more than 500 full-time employees and 400
contract workers. (Source: Sun Herald, 12/10/09)

Budget includes refinery project
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – A $500 million project that would boost the Chevron Pascagoula
Refinery's gasoline production will continue under the company's spending plan for 2010,
announced Thursday. Chevron Corp. announced the $21.6 billion capital and exploratory
budget for 2010 that includes the continuous catalyst regeneration project in Pascagoula
that was announced in October 2007, said Steve Renfroe, a company spokesman. (Source:
Mississippi Press, 12/11/09)


ATK delivers composite crew module
Alliant Techsystems delivered a technological first to NASA: a full-scale, crew module
structure made of composite materials. The Composite Crew Module is designed to reduce
the overall weight of future manned launch vehicles. Full-scale structural testing will be
performed at NASA's Langley Research Center to determine the viability of the composite
structure. The structure was fabricated and assembled at ATK's facility in Iuka, Miss.
(Source: ATK, 10/14/09) Gulf Coast note: South Mississippi has multiple companies involved
in manufacturing with composites, and is home to the the University of Southern Mississippi,
well-known for its research work in advanced materials.

Ablitech gets funding
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mississippi Technology Alliance President and CEO Dr. Randy
Goldsmith has announced that the Mississippi Seed Fund invested $100,000 in Ablitech Inc.
of Hattiesburg. Goldsmith said the company’s strong relationship with university researchers
positions the company for rapid growth. The money will help it ramp up product
development. Ablitech was formed in 2006 to bring cutting-edge university knowledge in
medicinal chemistry and polymer science to market. The company specializes in converting
university research into prototypes that can be marketed to pharmaceutical and medical
device companies. Ablitech will use the seed fund investment for product research and
market development. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 10/08/09)


Burge retiring from USM
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Cecil Burge is retiring as the University of Southern Mississippi's vice
president of research and economic development, effective Dec. 31. A national search for a
successor will begin later this fall. Burge has been with Southern Miss for nearly 40 years.
During his tenure, external funding topped $100 million for the first time in school history in
fiscal year 2007, including $15 million in composites research. (Source: Hattiesburg
American, 09/03/09)


Chemical plant to settle penalties
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - First Chemical will pay the federal government $731,000 in civil
penalties for an October 2002 explosion at the company's plant on Bayou Cassotte that was
caused by a chemical reaction. The company also agreed to correct violations of the Clean
Air Act. Safety experts have implemented safeguards and systems across the entire site to
prevent similar incidents. (Source: Mississippi Press, 08/21/09)

County OKs another $13.5M for TK
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mobile County Commission agreed Monday to pay another $13.5 million
in ThyssenKrupp AG incentives. The county has already paid $70 million to lure the $4.65
billion German steel complex near Calvert, part of $314 million in cash state and local
governments pledged to ThyssenKrupp. The additional $13.5 million was to be paid by the
county along with any other local governments that joined a consortium. The consortium was
created, but members haven't chipped in. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 08/11/09)

JULY 2009

BASF, Ciba integration to cost $1.5B
BASF SE, the chemical group that bought the former Ciba Holding AG earlier this year, said
it will cost some $1.48 billion to integrate the two operations. The German company plans to
cut 40 percent of Ciba workers it inherited and sell or close 23 of 55 former Ciba plants
worldwide. The former Ciba plant in McIntosh, Ala., is not one of the 23 plants. It has 492
employees. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/31/09)

JUNE 2009

ACCA a game-changer for plane-makers?
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory and
Lockheed Martin had a demonstration flight of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft June
2 at Palmdale, Calif. The ACCA is a modified Dornier 328J with the fuselage aft of the crew
station and the vertical tail removed and replaced with new structural designs made of
advanced composite materials fabricated using out-of-autoclave curing. The ACCA program
manager said the program has the potential of changing aircraft manufacturing. (Source:
AFNS, 06/03/09) Gulf Coast note: South Mississippi has a national known advanced
materials research program; the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing is located in
New Orleans; unmanned aerial systems are built in Moss Point, Miss.; EADS hopes to
assemble tankers and cargo planes in Mobile, Ala.

Chevron Pascagoula to invest $400M
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Chevron pledged $400 million in capital investments and 60 new jobs
at its Pascagoula refinery in an agreement approved by the Jackson County Board of
Supervisors. The memorandum of understanding is part of an effort to win economic-
development grants to widen Mississippi 611 and build a bridge over U.S. 90 and the CSX
railroad to ease traffic congestion. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/02/09)

MAY 2009

TK may delay plant work
MOBILE, Ala. - ThyssenKrupp AG may put off construction and startup of the carbon steel
portion of the $4.65 billion complex it's building in Calvert because of tumbling steel demand.
A decision could come in the next few weeks, said Erwin Schneider, a spokesman for the
German steelmaker. A delay could run three to six months, he said, and would slow
construction. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/13/09)

DeLisle plant safe in DuPont cuts
DeLISLE, Miss. – The DuPont plant here will not be impacted by the company’s plan to cut
2,000 jobs in the face of falling orders from the manufacturing sector. The DeLisle plant
makes titanium dioxide and has 523 DuPont workers and 120 contractors. (Source: AP via
Sun Herald, 05/08/09)

APRIL 2009

Feature: MAC
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - MAC LLC may be a young company, but it's already part of a select
group of some two dozen contractors nationwide working on technologies the Department of
Defense considers critical for national security. In this case, it's lightweight, small-caliber
ammunition that will not only allow troops to carry more into battle, but also has a higher
muzzle velocity and is more accurate than conventional rounds. (Source: Alliance Insight,
April 2009)

Feature: Ablitech
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - When National Science Foundation reviewers approved a $100,000
grant for a startup company in Hattiesburg, reviewers made an interesting comment. "This is
very risky but very exciting research," said the NSF reviewers, "and has the potential to be a
game-changing cancer therapy." Ablitech combines experts in polymer research and
medicinal chemistry to come up with radical products. The latest effort: Ablitech thinks it's
found a way to deliver a known cancer killer to the target and protect it from being broken
down by the body's enzymes. (Source: Alliance Insight, April 2009)

BASF completes Ciba takeover
German chemical conglomerate BASF completed its takeover of Ciba Holding AG, including
the 525-employee Ciba plant in McIntosh, Ala. BASF paid about $3 billion in cash and
assumed about $2 billion in debt from the Swiss chemical maker. The McIntosh plant opened
in 1952 as Ciba-Geigy and produces plastics additives used in the automotive industry,
chemicals for coatings and paper treatment. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/14/09)

Coast Guard OKs LNG terminals
The Coast Guard issued letters Friday indicating that coastal waters in Mississippi,
Louisiana and Texas would be suitable for eight proposed liquefied natural gas facilities.
Two of them, Chevron's Casotte Landing LNG and Gulf LNG Energy's terminal, are planned
in Pascagoula. The letters of recommendation are required by the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission. (Source: Mississippi Press, 04/11/09)

Solutia sells nylon business
Solutia Inc. said it will sell its nylon business, including plants in Foley, Ala., and Pensacola,
Fla., to buyout firm SK Capital Partners for $54 million. The deal could close as soon as
April 30. Solutia employs about 68 people at its plant in Foley. The facility processes and
packages nylon fibers and resins made at the larger Pensacola facility, which employs 700.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/02/09)

MARCH 2009

Company delays terminal work
MOBILE, Ala. - ThyssenKrupp will delay building part of the river terminal that will unload
barges at its plant site in Calvert. The company has been looking for ways to save money or
delay spending on the $4.65 billion complex as part of larger corporate cost cutting.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/26/09)

Plastics company trims workforce
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - SABIC Innovative Plastics laid off more than a third of its employees
in Hancock County. The company, which makes parts for the automobile, electronics and
housing industries, let go 45 workers. Official said the company asked employees to help
find ways to trim costs, but the worsening economy led to the layoffs. (Source: WLOX-TV,


Steel terminal ahead of schedule
MOBILE, Ala. - The Pinto Island steel terminal being built for ThyssenKrupp is ahead of
schedule. But it could cost a few million dollars over a $115 million budget due to rising
materials costs. The terminal is set for completion by October. About 200 contractors are
building the terminal. The company is building its mill site in north Mobile County. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 02/20/09)

Chevron delays expansion
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Chevron Corp. has delayed plans to build a plant at its Pascagoula
refinery to test a process that could boost the yields of products refined from heavy oil.
Construction on the plant was to begin this year. Chevron says it will review the project in
2010. The facility was to have a daily capacity of 3,500 barrels. (Source: AP, 02/04/09)


Steel unit to delay opening
MOBILE, Ala. - ThyssenKrupp AG will delay its stainless steel operation at Calvert for about
a year as part of a companywide effort to save cash in the recession. No delays are planned
for the larger carbon steel unit, which should begin processing steel in March 2010. The
company has said that carbon steel will be more than 70 percent of the total output at the
$4.6 billion facility. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/24/09)

Nano symposium leads to award
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hybrid Plastics, Inc., together with the local Area Development
Partnership and Mississippi’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, won the 2008 Best
Special Event Award for the Advanced Nanomaterials Symposium from the International
Economic Development Council. The conference held in Hattiesburg won for excellence in
economic development for a community with a population between 50,000 and 200,000.
(Source: Hybrid Plastics, 01/20/09)

Albemarle sells plant in France
BATON ROUGE, La. - Albemarle Corp. has sold a flame retardant manufacturing plant in
France. Albemarle Chairman Mark Rohr had predicted in October that the sale of the plant
in Port-de-Bouc, near Marseille, to Azur Chimie SAS would result in a $25 million pretax
charge. Albemarle had acquired the Port-de-Bouc plant in 2000 when it bought the Pyro-
Chek flame retardant business of Ferro Corp. (Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 01/03/09)