January sci-tech newsletter available
The latest issue of Alliance Insight, a quarterly newsletter highlighting science and
technology in South Mississippi, is now available. The January issue takes a look at what’s in
store for South Mississippi in 2011. Also included: feature stories about NASA’s Stennis
Space Center, the Infinity Science Center, South Mississippi’s airports and the Tradition
planned community. The newsletter is produced by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alliance for
Economic Development. (Source: Alliance Insight, January 2011)


Titanium shipbuilding explored
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of New Orleans has been awarded a three-year $4.8
million grant from the Office of Naval Research to advance the science and technology of
titanium shipbuilding. The research will focus on the manufacturability and structural
performance of a titanium mid-ship section. Both material requirements and advanced
welding processes will be investigated. Titanium is more resistant to corrosion than
traditional structural steels and aluminum alloys, but lacks robust welding and joining
techniques. (Source: Media-Newswire, 11/23/10)


Well-known researcher slated as speaker
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An internationally recognized expert in polymer nanotechnology and
former researcher will give a lecture at the University of Southern Mississippi Oct. 19. Dr.
Craig Hawker, director of the Materials Research Laboratory and professor at the University
of California-Santa Barbara will present "A Few Good Reactions - Functionalized
Nanostructures Based on Efficient Chemistry" at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby F. Thames Polymer
Science Research Center auditorium. His presentation is part of the annual Bayer
Distinguished Lectureship Series at the university. (Source: USM, 10/15/10)


Jobs cut at Solvay
HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. - Fourteen workers are losing their jobs at Solvay Advanced
Polymers, a plastics manufacturer in Port Bienville Industrial Park. The company announced
it’s suspending production at the facility that makes PrimoSpire SRP, a polymer used in
commercial aircraft, medical devices, electronics and defense-related applications. Five
R&D jobs will be maintained at the site and another five will be transferred. (Source: Sun
Herald, 09/17/10)


Contract for reactive armor won
General Dynamics has won a $48 million contract to produce reactive armor side skirt tiles
for Bradley Fighting Vehicles at its McHenry, Miss., facility. Deliveries are expected to begin
in February 2011 and completed in September 2011. The reactive armor system is
composed of tiles that fasten to the exterior of a vehicle, allowing it to better withstand direct
hits from a variety of anti-armor munitions. A strategic partner, Rafael Advanced Defense
Systems Ltd., Ordnance and Protection Division, will share the production workload in Haifa,
Israel. (Source: General Dynamics, 08/25/10)

Plant processes first coil steel
MOBILE, Ala. - ThyssenKrupp AG's carbon steel unit has rolled the first coil of steel in
Calvert, a milestone in the path to full operation for the $5 billion complex. The coil was
rolled late on July 31, but leaders of Germany's largest steelmaker didn't acknowledge it
until Friday. The steelmaker now has 1,440 employees in Calvert, 1,200 working for the
carbon steel unit and 240 for a sister stainless operation. That's more than halfway to the
2,700 permanent employees that ThyssenKrupp has pledged to hire. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 08/14/10)

JULY 2010

Contract: General Dynamics, $48.2M
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington, Vt., was awarded a
$48,215,074 firm-fixed-price contract for 12,180 Bradley reactive armor skirt tiles and 435
installation kits for the Bradley fighting vehicle system. Stone County, Miss., will handle 3.6
percent of the work. Other locations are in Israel, Vermont, Florida, Texas, New York,
Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Iowa and
Canada. Completion date is estimated as Aug. 31, 2011. U.S Army Contracting Command,
CJM-MA, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/14/10)

JUNE 2010

Pipe maker eyes two counties
MOBILE, Ala. - Officials in Mobile and Clarke counties have been courting a pipe-making
plant that could become the first new business drawn to the region by the ThyssenKrupp AG
steel complex. A spokesman for ThyssenKrupp Steel USA said Lakeside Steel Inc., of
Welland, Ontario, contacted the steelmaker and expressed interest in possibly locating to
the area. The company wanted to know who to contact for incentives, the spokesman said.
(Source: Mobile Press Register, 06/09/10)

APRIL 2010

F-35 composite work leads to award
FORT WORTH, Texas - Lockheed Martin, Magestic Systems Inc. and Nikon Metrology jointly
won a first-place JEC Innovation Award in composites manufacturing for technology used in
the production of the F-35. The 2010 JEC Innovation Award was presented in Paris earlier
this month in recognition of the cured laminate compensation process, a composite
manufacturing process for achieving precision, as-built laminate thickness without post-cure
machining. This new process is used in the production of composite parts for the F-35 and
was developed to pre-measure and correct the thickness of cured composite wing skins for
the F-35. (Source: PRNewswire, 04/26/10) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
scheduled to become home of the F-35 training center; fabrication and research into
advanced materials is a key sector in South Mississippi.

MARCH 2010

Refinery getting leadership change
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Chevron Corp. has announced that Roland Kell, general manager of
the company’s Pascagoula Refinery since 2002, is retiring. Taking his place will be Tom
Kovar, general manager of the company’s Pembroke refinery in Wales. The company is
considering selling the Wales property, but it’s moving ahead with plans to expand the
Pascagoula Refinery, which employs 1,500. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/18/10)


DuPont 4Q report
DuPont of Wilmington, Del., reported earnings of $441 million for the fourth quarter 2009,
compared with a loss of $629 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. The company said that it
surpassed its 2009 goal of $1 billion in cost reductions. Titanium dioxide, electronic
materials, performance polymers and seed products enjoyed sales of 20 percent or greater.
DuPont's Axis, Ala., facility makes insecticide and has 150 workers, and its First Chemical
facility in Pascagoula, Miss., makes specialty chemicals and has 120 workers. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 01/26/10) Note: DuPont’s facility in Delisle, Miss., makes titanium

GD gets $33M contract
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded an order of about
$33 million to produce reactive armor tile sets for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle by the U.S.
Army Contracting Command in Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. Work will be performed at the General
Dynamics’ facility in McHenry, Miss. Deliveries are expected to begin in June and be
completed in November. The reactive armor system is composed of tiles that fasten to the
exterior of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, allowing it to better withstand direct hits from a
variety of anti-armor munitions. The order is an extension of a contract awarded in 2006.
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Ordnance and Protection Division, will share the
production workload in Haifa, Israel. (Source: Sun Herald, 01/21/10)

Refining business to shrink
Chevron Corp. plans to shrink its refining business. The company told its employees it plans
to streamline refinery, marketing and retail operations to make the company’s business
more efficient. Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery is expected to be affected, though a
company spokesman couldn’t say to what extent or when. The Pascagoula, Miss., refinery is
the company’s largest, with 1,600 employees and the capacity to refine 330,000 barrels of
oil a day. Employment at the plant has increased by several hundred over the last decade.
(Source: Sun Herald, 01/19/10)